“The €100/MWh will be undercut, that’s my expectation,” Bünting said during a press briefing in Bremerhaven on Monday.

Germany plans to hold a 1.55GW interim tender for pre-approved offshore arrays in 2017 and 2018 each, but the site conditions of the areas in question and the auction criteria are not directly comparable to recent Dutch offshore and Danish near-shore tenders that have produced winning bids of €72.70/MWh and €64/MWh respectively.

The main difference is that the offshore substation that bundles the electricity coming from each turbine in Germany will be included in the auction price, unlike in the Dutch and Danish tenders, adding about €15/MWh to the bid price, Bünting tells Recharge.