Germany may hold PV tender

The German election will have a deep impact on renewables
Germany’s incoming government plans to try out a tendering model for new ground-based PV arrays via an auction of a total 400MW of capacity to be held “at the latest in 2016”, according to a preliminary version of the energy section of the coalition contract seen by Recharge.

The objective of a PV tender would be to gain experience in auctions and find out whether via that method the targets of Germany’s Energiewende – the move away from nuclear to renewables – can be achieved more cheaply.

If that could be proved, the government aims to determine future renewable energy support levels from 2018 on via a tendering model, the text states.

The European Commission in its latest guidance on support for the electricity sector had stated that it favours auctions to allocate renewable generation to the lowest bidder.

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