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Denmark puts wind vs solar in 1st technology-neutral tender


Denmark puts wind vs solar in 1st technology-neutral tender

September 28 (Solar) – The Danish Energy Agency (DEA) on Thursday opened the country’s first mixed renewables tender, seeking bids for solar photovoltaic (PV), onshore and offshore wind power capacity.

The deadline for submitting proposals is November 26, 2018. In order to be eligible to take part in the competition, projects must be at a late development stage, with bids not exceeding DKK 130 (USD 20.3/EUR 17.4) per MWh.

The tender is part of a scheme adopted a year ago that allowed solar and wind to compete against each other in technology-neutral competitive rounds. Having a total budget for 2018-2019 of DKK 842 million, the scheme is expected to result in an equivalent of about 140 MW of onshore wind, DEA estimates.

The budget for the newly-announced call for tenders, the second one scheduled for this autumn, totals DKK 254 million, while the remainder is planned to be tendered in the autumn of 2019. A requirement for the proposed projects is not to be connected to the grid in a consumer installation. Grid-connection has to take place within two or four years from signing the contract.

Earlier this month, DEA opened biding in a PV tender expected to support about 35 MW of projects of below 1 MW. The bid cap has been set at DKK 0.15 per kWh, while proposals are due by November 1.

(DKK 1.0 = USD 0.156/EUR 0.134)

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