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Portugal publishes full list of solar auction winners

Solar farm. Author: Alan Levine.

August 8 (Renewables Now) - Portugal’s Directorate-General of Energy and Geology (DGEG) published on Wednesday the list of winning bids in the country's solar auction held in July, confirming earlier reports that Spain’s Iberdrola SA (BME:IBE) and French independent power producer Akuo Energy SAS walked away as the biggest winners.

The widely reported lowest price bid for solar power of EUR 14.76/MWh (USD 16.54/MWh) was submitted by Akuo’s Portuguese vehicle Akuo Rrenovaveis Portugal Lda. The French company was awarded 370 MW of solar capacity for its three projects. Iberdrola, on the other hand, secured 149 MW from seven projects.

A total of 25 projects across 24 lots were allocated 1,150 MW of nominal power, according to the final tally.

The full list of winners is presented in the table below:

Tender participant: Number of awarded projects: Capacity:
Iberdrola Renewables Portugal SA 7 149 MW
Akuo Renovaveis Portugal Lda 3 370 MW
Prodigy Orbit Lda (Solaria) 4 49 MW
Everstream Energy Capital Management CO Holdings LLC 1 50 MW
Expoentfokus SA 1 29 MW
Aura Power Developments (Portugal) - Unipessoal Lda 2 168 MW
Neon Portugal 1 50 MW
Enerparc Projects GmbH 1 18 MW
Enerland 2007 Fotovoltaica 1 15 MW
Made Better Lda 1 13 MW
Days of Luck Unipessoal Lda 1 110 MW
POWER&SOL Energias Renovaveis SA 1 100 MW
Prosolia Portugal Lda 1 29 MW
TOTAL: 25 1,150 MW

UK-based renewables developer Aura Power Developments Ltd offered the highest price in the tender, EUR 31.16 per MWh for its 18-MW project.

In all, the tender attracted 64 bidders, of which 13 won contracts at an average price of EUR 20/MWh.Spain’s Iberdrola SA (BME:IBE) managed to secure the largest number of lots, while French renewables developer Akuo Energy SAS won the most capacity at 370 MW.

Of the total awarded capacity, projects for 862 MW will sell power under the guaranteed remuneration regime, whereas the remaining 288 MW will receive payments at a variable tariff.

(EUR 1.0 = USD 1.12)

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