September 17 (Solar) – Germany’s Federal Network Agency today launched the next auction in which onshore wind and solar will compete against each other.
The tender will award 200 MW, with the deadline for bids being November 2. The agency, known in German as the Bundesnetzagentur, has set a bidding cap of EUR 0.0875 (USD 0.10) per kWh.
The first mixed tender in the country this year, concluded in April, was won solely by solar projects. The average quantity-weighted bid value for wind then arrived at EUR 0.0723 per kWh, while for solar it was much lower at EUR 0.0482 per kWh.
As in the previous tender, the one ending in November will again accept projects in network expansion areas, where there are already significant renewable energy capacities and the cost of connecting more to the grid is high. However, additional costs will be added to the rates offered and this may hurt the projects' competitiveness.
Wind projects in the auction have to have a confirmed BImSchG approval by October 11.
(EUR 1 = USD 1.17)