Germany opens 2018 auction for large-scale PV, announces joint wind/solar auction

Germany’s Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur) has opened the bidding process for the first renewable energy auctions planned for 2018. The agency said the deadline to submit project proposals for the next two separate auctions for large-scale wind and solar power projects is February 1.

This is the fourth round of tenders planned by the German government in the renewable energy law issued in 2018, the so-called EEG 2017.

As for the solar auction, the Bundesnetzagentur said there are no changes in the bidding terms. Altogether, 200 MW of power are tendered for PV. The cap price set for the auction is €0.0884 per kWh.

As recent auctions have shown, however, bids were quite a lot lower than this price. In the last round in October, the average bid dropped to €0.0491 per kWh. The lowest successful bid was €0.0429 per kWh.

The maximum size limit of 10 MW per project will be maintained for ground-mounted PV plants, while projects developed on the so-called “baulichen Anlagen” will have no power limitation.

The Federal Network Agency also announced that on April 1, a neutral-technology tender will take place for the first time, in which wind and solar will compete. Further details on the auction, however, were not provided.