November 27 (Renewables Now) - German renewable projects developer PNE (ETR:PNE3) and compatriot Wpd AG have secured contracts for wind projects totalling 276.5 MW in Poland’s recent wind and solar auction.
In the tender for onshore wind and photovoltaic (PV) installations above 1 MW, completed last week, PNE has won a contract for two projects, namely the 42-MW Barwice and 132-MW Jasna wind schemes. The ready-to-build projects, with a combined nominal capacity of 174 MW, will be located in northern Poland. Both of them were developed by PNE’s subsidiary WKN, the parent company said on Monday.
PNE expects to commence construction of the two wind parks in the first half of next year. The 14-turbine Barwice plant is slated for completion in 2019, while the larger park that will use 39 turbines is planned to be commissioned a year later.
In a separate press release, Wpd said it has been awarded four wind projects with a combined capacity of 102.5 MW. The schemes are shovel-ready and their construction can be launched as soon as all financing and a final turbine order are in place. The proposed facilities will have capacities of 45 MW, 42.5 MW, 10 MW and 5 MW, respectively, and will be installed in Central Poland.
Last week, Poland unveiled that its renewables auction has resulted in 31 winning bids with a weighted average price of PLN 196.17 (USD 51.7/EUR 45.6) per MWh. Commenting on the local market, Wpd’s board member Hartmut Broesamle said that Poland will become “one of the most exciting markets in Europe in the medium term.” Meanwhile, Markus Lesser, CEO of PNE, noted that the market is “developing extremely well” for the company.
(PLN 1.0 = USD 0.264/EUR 0.233)