Poland cancels solar auction for projects exceeding 1 MW

The Polish government has decided to cancel all energy auctions it had planned to hold until the end of this year, including an auction for PV and wind power projects exceeding 1 MW. In this auction, around 150 MW of renewable energy generation capacity was expected to be allocated, and selected projects were to be awarded 15-year PPAs.

The government said that the cancellation of the remaining tenders for 2017 was due to some changes relating to EU state aid rules that must be done to the country’s Renewable Energy Act. According to information provided to pv magazine by local PV analyst Piotr Pająk from website Gramwzielone.pl, these changes will be introduced through an amendment, which is to be discussed in Parliament, although there is no chance it will come into force by the end of 2017. “Poland’s Ministry of Energy confirmed that in 2018 there will be auctions for PV however we don’t know exact schedule yet,” said Pajak.

The auction for PV and wind over 1 MW had been planned to open the Polish power market to large-scale solar for the first time. The government has thus far only supported solar projects up to 1 MW through two previous auctions, held in December 2016 and in June of this year, as well as its green certificate scheme, which expired a few years ago.

At the end of 2016, Poland’s cumulative installed capacity reached 199 MW. Installations built under the green certificate scheme and registered by local energy regulator URE  who accounted for about 99 MW of the total, while the remaining 100 MW consisted of PV systems installed under the country’s net-metering scheme.

Piotr Pająk represents Polish renewable energy portal Gramwzielone.pl.Greenpeace Polska