Germany awards contract to 69 MW solar plant in October auction

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Germany’s federal grid agency, Bundesnetzagentur has revealed that the latest auction for large-scale PV projects held in October – which was also open to PV projects larger than 10 MW provided they are located in “bauliche anlagen” – has awarded one of the contracts to a 69 MW PV power project.

Furthermore, the German grid agency has revealed it has granted contracts to four projects totaling 165.4 MW, which are planned to be built in these “bauliche anlagen” in the regions of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Saxony. This capacity represents around two thirds of all allocated capacity. Of the four bids, three were for projects exceeding 10 MW, the Bundesnetzagentur specified.

Overall, the agency had allocated 222.2 MW of PV capacity for a total of 20 projects in the auction. For the first time, the average price at which the auction concluded has crossed the €50/MWh threshold. According to the Bundesnetzagentur, in fact, the final average price was €49.1/MWh, while the lowest successful bid was €42.9/MWh. The agency also said that all selected developers have paid-off their project guarantees.

Most of the winning bids for October’s auction were for solar projects located in Bavaria. The combined capacity of the region’s project was around 44.8 MW. The auction, for which 110 projects with a combined capacity of 750 MW were submitted, was massively oversubscribed. Offerings ranged between €42.9/MWh to €7.20 MWh.

Projects selected in the auction must be connected to the grid by the end of April 2019, if developers are not available to accept a price reduction by €3/MWh. If this reduction will be accepted, the projects’ completion must be achieved by the end of October 2019.