February 20 (Renewables Now) - Germany’s Federal Network Agency on Monday announced the start of the first tender in which both onshore wind and solar will compete to offer the lowest price of electricity.
The tender will award 200 MW, with the deadline for bids being April 3. The bidding cap has been set at EUR 0.0884 (USD 0.11) per kWh. In the last tenders completed in 2017, the average price for wind reached EUR 0.0382/kWh and that for solar fell below EUR 0.05/kWh.
In network expansion areas, where there are already significant renewable energy capacities and the cost of connecting more to the grid is high, bids will include additional costs. There is a limit of 56.4 MW for awards in this tender in such areas. This is something wind projects are used to as network expansion area limitations have been part of all tenders in 2017. Unlike other tenders for wind, however, there will be no privileges for citizens’ owned cooperatives.
Projects competing in the auction have to have a confirmed BImSchG approval by March 13.
(EUR 1 = USD 1.24)