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Solar once again the only winner in German renewables auctions

   April 19, 2019        195        SANDRA ENKHARDT

In the first round of Germany’s 2019 mixed solar and wind auctions, all the successful projects were solar, continuing a trend which began last year.

The Federal Network Agency received 109 bids for PV projects with a combined capacity of around 720 MW for the auction – not a single onshore wind bid was submitted. A final 18 projects, with a total capacity of 210 MW were selected.

Auction prices ranged from €0.0450/kWh to €0.0610. That compared to a price range of €0.0465-0.0579/kWh in the last mixed auction, held in November. The average final price of solar power rose slightly, from €0.0527/kWh to €0.0566.

As the quota for PV systems on arable land in less-favorable areas of Bavaria has been exhausted for the year, the state was missing from the latest procurement exercise. The Federal Network Agency said the successful schemes will be distributed over five federal states, with 59 MW to be built in each of Saxony-Anhalt and Brandenburg. Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Hesse secured 48 MW, 33 MW, and 10 MW of capacity, respectively.

The successful bidders have until May 8 to deposit their guarantees. After that, the agency will publish the official results of the auction.

The next mixed solar and wind auction will be held in June and will see the allocation of around 150 MW of generation capacity. Another mixed procurement will be held in November, to assign a total capacity of around 200 MW.

Germany is holding three kind of auction for utility scale solar: regular tenders for PV projects ranging in size from 750 kW to 10 MW, ‘special’ tenders for projects of the same size with a combined capacity of 4 GW by 2021, and mixed solar and wind auctions.

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