Poland to tender 750 MW of solar projects up to 1 MW in 2018

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The Polish government has approved a new amendment to the renewable energy law, which includes modified and more EU-oriented rules for the auction mechanism for renewable energies.

According to information provided to pv magazine by local PV analyst, Piotr Pająk from website Gramwzielone.pl, the amended legislation will now be submitted to Parliament and, once approved, new auction rules will be enacted.

The amended rules, according to Pająk, will enable the launch of new solar auctions for 2018. The Polish government is planning to tender around 750 MW of solar capacity in the auctions for PV projects up to 1 MW.

Furthermore, solar may also have good chances in the auctions for hybrid power projects. According to Pajak, the Polish authorities are planning to allocate 180 MW of capacity for projects over 1 MW and 20 MW for projects not exceeding 1 MW in size.

Solar over 1 MW, on the other hand, may also have chances in the mixed wind-solar auction for large-scale projects, which the Polish government is also planning to hold this year, Pajak explained. “Very likely, this auction’s big winner will be wind with granted support for approximately 1 GW,” he asserted. “Anyway, solar projects above 1 MW may compete in this auction and if the price will be competitive, it may also win,” he added.

Last year, the planned auction including solar over 1 MW was canceled by the Polish government. The reason, the government said at the time, was due to the fact that the above-mentioned changes relating to EU state aid rules to the country’s Renewable Energy Act were not yet introduced.

The Polish government has so far only tendered solar projects up to 1 MW through two previous auctions, held in December 2016 and in June of last year, as well as its green certificate scheme, which expired for new projects in mid-2016.

According to the most recent statistics available, Poland’s cumulative installed PV capacity reached 199 MW at the end of 2016.