Exclusive: Lowest bid in second German PV tender EUR 0.01/kWh

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The Alliance 90/The Greens are skeptical of whether, with the tenders, stakeholder diversity in the PV market will be maintained. In a small request to the Federal Government, the parliamentary group, therefore, posed a number of questions in this regard.

In a response, which pv magazine gained exclusive access to, it is difficult to see if this is the case. However, other interesting facts about the second tender round were revealed.

Overall, the lowest bid in Germany’s second pilot PV tender was EUR 0.01/kWh, while the highest was EUR 0.1098/kWh. This supports the view from some experts that the uniform pricing method is unsuitable.

In a recent interview with pv magazine, Berlin lawyer Margarete von Oppen said, "The uniform pricing model is one which invites gambling, and this was evident in the second tender round. A number of project developers went into the bidding round with unrealistic prices. With this, they are hoping to raise the unit price from the expensive, more realistic bidders." Von Oppen calculates that the unit price the successful bidders will receive will be around EUR 0.085/kWh.

The Federal Economics Ministry, which drafted the answer, has declined to comment on the average or unit price. It has said it will not "publish any information that will curtail the surcharge value" before the deadline for the second safety deposit on September 1.

"Bids that only initially serve to secure a surcharge and then, depending on the level of the surcharge, decide if a second security deposit should be issued for the contract or not, should be avoided," wrote state secretary, Rainer Sontowski.

Another analysis of the provisionally awarded projects shows that 26 of the 33 successful bids were for ground-mounted PV systems between two and 10 MW. Five bidders have been awarded contracts for several bids, with the MW amount totaling 52.8 MW.

Overall, the 33 successful bidders were awarded projects totaling 159.735 MW; almost equivalent to the projects allocated on highway verges, rail routes and brown fields.

Eighteen bidders, which were awarded one or more projects, have said they are prepared to take part in a later evaluation of the process, added the government reply.

Translated by Becky Beetz