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Elawan Wind dominates Argentina's 'mini renewables' tender

Looking for existing connections, most wind projects competing in the MiniRen tender are located in Argentina's Buenos Aires province

Argentina received bids for 154MW of wind and 128MW of solar PV projects in the country’s third renewable power tender.

The remaining bids were biomass (25.5MW), biogas (19.2MW), waste-to-energy (15 W) and small hydro (9.9MW) .

Known as MiniRen, the third tender was designed to keep the renewable energy market ticking after all transmission capacity was taken up by around 5GW contracted in two earlier rounds (2016-2017), the non-regulated market and revival of about 500MW of old stalled projects.

Argentina launches 350MW 'mini' tender for small-scale projects

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So, in MiniRen, contracting was capped at 10MW, with a total of 350MW allocated to wind and solar, and 50MW for other technologies to be connected through mid to low voltage lines. The cap price was set at $60/MWh.

The total investment projected for the 56 projects bidding is expected to reach $520m, the government said.

Of the 18 wind projects, 17 are owned by developer Elawan Wind (formerly Gestamp Wind), all located in the province of Buenos Aires, the country’s most populated and industrial region.

The 18 solar bids were made by 13 different companies.

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