Germany kicks off sixth, 160MW PV tender

Germany’s federal grid agency BNetzA has launched its sixth pilot tender for ground-based PV arrays with a volume of 160MW and a price cap of €110.90 ($121.88) per megawatt hour.

That price is considerably higher than the average price of winning bids in the country’s previous PV auction of €72.30/MWh.

The volume of the tender launched now is slightly higher than the 150MW originally planned for the auctioning round as additional volume became available after some winning bidders in previous rounds failed to provide necessary guarantees.

Bids can be made by 1 December 2016.

Germany held two 150MW PV auctions for ground-based arrays last year, and one 200MW round, totalling 500MW.

This year, the BNetzA will auction 400MW in total.

Germany next year will start holding three regular solar tenders of 200MW each under the rules of the country’s Renewable Energies Act (EEG) that was amended this summer in great part to move the support for renewables to tenders for most technologies.