Italy offers 4.8 GW in 7th renewable energy tender

Solar panels in Italy. Photo by: Rete Rinnovabile Srl (www.rtrenergy.it).

October 4 (Renewables Now) - Italy’s Gestore dei Servizi Energetici GSE SpA has launched the country’s seventh renewable energy auction that seeks to allocate 4.8 GW of power generating capacity, mostly wind and solar.

The tender was opened on Thursday and is the last one of seven renewable energy rounds planned by the state-owned energy service system operator. This last call offers all the capacity that was not assigned in all the previous six tender editions, totalling 2,485 MW.

Proposals will be accepted by October 30, 2021, with winners expected to be announced by January 28, 2022.

A total of 4,825 MW of capacity has been made available for the construction of renewable power plants, as well as for the refurbishment of existing wind and hydropower facilities. Some 3,572 MW of the overall capacity is reserved for wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) projects, of which 3,312 MW will be awarded in an auction and the rest in a separate registration. Some 124 MW will be available to hydro projects.

The seventh procurement round offers 589 MW for wind and hydropower plant upgrades, including 479 MW through auctions.

Italy’s sixth tender ended up undersubscribed, with 593.3 MW of awards. Wind and solar got almost equal shares, securing nearly 296 MW and 298 MW, respectively.

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