Aug 7 (Renewables Now) - Germany is launching another 200-MW solar tender with a bid deadline of October 1 and a maximum bidding price of EUR 0.0884 (USD 0.10) per kWh.
The tender will again allow projects on arable land to compete for contracts, as long as they are planned for less-favoured areas in Baden-Wuerttemberg and Bavaria where there are obstacles to agricultural production or limited potential for such. Up to 90 MW of the Baden-Wuerttemberg quota is yet to be filled and the tender will also award up to 12 bids in Bavaria.
In June, the Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagetur) concluded another solar tender, in which rates dropped to an average of EUR 0.0566/kWh. Competition then was greater thanks to projects on agricultural land.
From the start of 2017, solar and wind projects bigger than 750 kW have to compete in tenders to secure power purchase deals, as feed-in tariff (FiT) contracts are no longer available for big installations.