Germany consults on "special solar" rules for 2022 innovation tender
Solar panels at an agricultural site. Image by: R.Power.
The Federal Network Agency in Germany, or the Bundesnetzagentur, is accepting comments on the requirements needed for special solar systems participating in innovation tenders in 2022.
The agency’s definition of “special” includes floating, carport or agrivoltaic solar projects. The idea is that the surface on which the photovoltaic (PV) panels are installed serves a dual purpose, unlike with traditional ground-mounted solar farms.
Comments as part of the consultation, launched today, can be submitted by July 16. The Bundesnetzagentur plans to be ready with the requirements by the start of October.
In April 2021, it was announced that Germany planned to expand the targeted capacity volume in its 2022 renewable energy tenders. The solar tenders will award 6 GW, and there will be additional capacity available for innovation tenders.
An innovation tender with a bid deadline of April 1, 2022 will offer a special solar quota of 50 MW, according to today’s announcement.