Slovenia launches tender for large-scale solar, renewables and co-generation

The Slovenian Energy Agency (Agencija za energijo) has issued a public invitation for new power generation capacity from renewable energy sources and high-efficiency cogeneration.

The tender will be held in two rounds and will be open to solar, hydro, and biogas power projects not exceeding 10 MW, to wind power projects up to 50 MW, and to co-generation relying on fossil fuel with a capacity lower than 20 MW.

Overall, the agency has allocated €10 million in incentives for the tender. Solar will compete only in the first tender round, for which the agency has allocated €7 million.

Bids must be submitted by November 6, 2017.

If PV projects will be selected in the tender, large-scale solar may finally make its entry in the Eastern European country, which has so far mostly supported residential and commercial rooftop PV.

The Slovenian government introduced a net metering scheme for PV installations up to 11 kW in late 2015. In April of this year, the government issued a call for tenders to select PV projects up to 11 kW under net metering that can have access to rebates. The program covers 20% of the costs for buying and installing a PV system for a maximum of €180/kW installed. Projects must be completed 15 months after the financing is provided.

At the end of 2016, Slovenia had reached a cumulative installed PV capacity of approximately 259 MW. Most of this was installed in 2012 (122 MW), 2011, (54 MW) and 2010 (37 MW) under the country’s FIT scheme, which expired at the end of 2013.