Until receiving the requested WEEE number, all our offers are only valid for the shipment outside Germany!

Effects on the solar business

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We act. Varus Energy has got an eye on all important rules for PV traders..... Until having received the WEEE number, all our offers for non registered products are only valid for the shipment outside Germany. The Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act (ElektroG) regulates the offer and disposal of electrical appliances in Germany. As of February 1, 2016 for the first time it also applies to PV modules.

How does it affect the PV companies ?

The German ElektroG implements the European WEEE directive for placement the market, take-back and disposal of electronic appliances and electronic devices. It was valid for the first time in year 2005 and was revised October 24, 2015 in form of the new ElektroG2.

The law defines different requirements -especially for producers and others, who first place it on the market, like e.g. the importers. These include in particular the registration of all brands and different devices at the “EAR”, the annual verification of a financial guarantee safety as well as the take-back and disposal of used electronic equipment. In addition there is an excessive bureaucracy with partly very complex processes, as well as high financial expenditures. There may also be obligations for traders - as described below. Electrical and electronic equipment are classified under the Elektro G in ten product categories and under these categories in so called equipment types. It is still distinguished between the use in B2C or B2B field, although in reality it is often difficult to make a clear distinction. Regarding PV sector, until now already many parts of installation technology, like e.g. inverters or charge controllers, fell under ElektroG. PV modules, which earlier were not affected by ElektroG, now have to be registered for the first time as of Feb 1, 2016, after a transitional period . They may no longer be sold after that date without registration number.

Otherwise there is the threat of warnings, fines and even prohibition of sale for the traders. Although registration for PV modules theoretically was possible since the end of October 2015, different factors have led to delays, especially the long processing times at “EAR”. In the middle of January 2016 there was no registration of a supplier for these products! There are some suppliers who have an older registration for installation technology, but it expressly does not cover solar modules. Therefore it remains questionable, if and when especially suppliers of strongly represented brands will receive their registration, so that the corresponding PV modules can be sold legally. So, act as well and apply for registration !