Moldova launches 230MW renewables auction


Moldovan energy regulator ANRE has launched an auction to deploy 230MW of large-scale renewable energy projects.

The authority assigned a quota of 70MW for PV, of which 50MW will be allocated for projects on buildings, with 20MW to be set aside for ground-mounted facilities. Another 15 MW will be devoted to wind power, 100MW to cogeneration units based on biogas, 30MW to cogeneration units based on direct fuel combustion, and 5 MW to hydropower plants.

The authorities will select projects on a “first come, first served” basis. They will be assigned a 15-year fixed tariff. State-owned energy distributor Energocom will be the sole buyer of the clean electricity. Developers of solar projects can to submit their project proposals from April 15.

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Moldova relies heavily on electricity imported from Ukraine and the breakaway Moldovan state of Transnistria. The nation had just 5 MW of installed solar capacity at the end of 2020, according to International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) statistics.

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