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Germany launches second wind-solar auction


Germany launches second wind-solar auction

Bids can be submitted to the German grid authority, Bundesnetzagentur by Nov. 2, 2018. Solar accounted for all winning bids in the first round.

Germany’s Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur) has opened the second mixed auction for large-scale onshore wind and solar power projects. Bids for the auction, through which around 200 MW of renewable energy capacity will be assigned, can be submitted until November 2nd, 2018, the agency said in its statement.

As in the first auction, solar projects planned for areas with a high concentration of other renewable energy power plants will see their bids increase by between €0.08/kWh and €0.88/kWh, thus having less chance to be among the winning projects. Around 98 regions with too much renewable energy capacity in operation and less further grid capacity have been identified by the Bundesnetzagentur. As for onshore wind power projects to be located in these areas, bids are said to increase from €0.07/kWh to €0.58/kWh. These additional costs are said to be necessary for network and system integration for the renewables, the agency also explained, while adding that, in case projects located in these areas will be ultimately selected, these will receive the original offered tariff without the additional amount.

The ceiling price for both technologies will be €0.875/kWh. In the southern regions of Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria, moreover, bids could be submitted for photovoltaic projects on less favored green and arable land.

In the first auction of this kind, concluded in early April, solar won all of the allocated capacity, which was around 210 MW. In total, the Federal Network Agency awarded 32 photovoltaic projects with an average bid price of €0.0467/kWh. bids from successful developers ranged from €0.0396 per kWh to €0.0576 per kWh.

Source PV Magazine

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