Germany has opened three tenders with a December 1 deadline which are targeting the allocation of a combined 1,789 MW of solar and onshore wind capacity as well as innovation projects.
The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) is seeking proposals for 1,190 MW of onshore wind in the latest round of the tender this year. The competition is open to projects that have received permits by November 3. Bids in the round must not exceed EUR 0.0588 (USD 0.059) per kWh.
The price cap has drawn criticism from industry association BWE which described the maximum value as too low. The value must be adjusted to the industrial price index to reflect the higher costs for project development and higher marketing costs, BWE said in a statement and referred to the previous round of the tender which was vastly undersubscribed.
Costs along the entire supply chain have exploded and against this background, a maximum price without the option for a subsequent adjustment is no longer adequate, according to BWE.
A second tender was launched to award 202.29 MW of solar capacity that will be installed on buildings and noise barriers. The maximum value of the projects was set at EUR 0.0891 per kWh. In the previous round, the regulator allocated 201 MW of capacity at an average price of EUR 0.088 per kWh.
In a third tender, Germany seeks innovation proposals with a combined capacity of 397.19 MW and a price cap of EUR 0.0743 per kWh. The projects entitled to compete in this round are in the fields of wind, solar, energy storage, biomass, geothermal energy and hydropower.
(EUR 1 = USD 1.002)
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