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Denmark puts wind vs solar in 1st technology-neutral tender

Collocated solar and wind parks. Photo Credit: Istock

September 28 (Renewables Now) - The Danish Energy Agency (DEA) on Thursday opened the country’s first mixed renewables tender, seeking bids for solar photovoltaic (PV), onshore and "open-door" offshore wind power capacity.

The deadline for submitting proposals is November 26, 2018. In order to be eligible to take part in the competition, projects must be at a late development stage, with bids not exceeding DKK 130 (USD 20.3/EUR 17.4) per MWh.

The tender is part of a scheme adopted a year ago that allowed solar and wind to compete against each other in technology-neutral competitive rounds. Having a total budget for 2018-2019 of DKK 842 million, the scheme is expected to result in an equivalent of about 140 MW of onshore wind, DEA estimates.

The budget for the newly-announced call for tenders, the second one scheduled for this autumn, totals DKK 254 million, while the remainder is planned to be tendered in the autumn of 2019. A requirement for the proposed projects is not to be connected to the grid in a consumer installation. Grid-connection has to take place within two or four years from signing the contract.

Earlier this month, DEA opened biding in a PV tender expected to support about 35 MW of projects of below 1 MW. The bid cap has been set at DKK 0.15 per kWh, while proposals are due by November 1.

(DKK 1.0 = USD 0.156/EUR 0.134)

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