Mexico publishes bidding rules for November’s renewable energy auction

The Mexican government has published the first version of the bidding rules for the third renewable energy auction.

The auction, which will be held in November, is open to solar and different “clean” technologies. Through the auction, the Mexican government will award capacity, clean energy certificates (CEL) and contracted power. Projects selected in the auction must start delivering power to the local grid by January 2020.

In the previous two renewable energy auctions, which were held last year, overall around 3.6 GW of PV capacity was allocated.

Under the new bidding rules, more buyers will be entitled to purchase power from selected power plants while, prior to these new dispositions, local power utility Comisión Federal de la Electricidad (CFE) was the only buyer. A newly created clearing house, with which final contracts will be signed, will manage the buying-selling offers.

The allocated capacity will be set when the bids are published. Bids submitted to the CFE will be published on July 31, while bids submitted to other buyers will be released on August 14.

Technical bids must be submitted between Sep. 12 and Sep. 20. The first contracts will be signed in March 2018.

The auctions were introduced with Mexico’s recent energy reform. Mexico aims to cover 35% of its energy mix with renewables by 2024.