PV Magazine from Germany
The Bundesnetzagentur has opened the first round of tenders for 2023 for large-scale solar systems with a target volume of 1,950 MW. The deadline for submitting proposals is March 1.
Since the beginning of the year, a surcharge has been provided for ground-based photovoltaic systems with a minimum power of 1 MW. In addition, proposals are accepted for installations on land up to 100 MW.
The Bundesnetzagentur recently raised the maximum price to be able to participate in tenders, which is now €0.0737/kWh for the 2023 auction for ground-mounted PV systems. The aim is to take into account the increase in the cost of components, installation and financing, and it aims to prevent tenders from being deserted, as happened in Spain in November and October 2022.
The declared quantity was not fully utilized in any round in the previous year. For the November round, the Federal Network Agency reduced the initially planned volume from 1,200 MW to 890 MW. However, only 104 PV project bids were accepted with a total of about 609 MW. At an average of €0.0580/kWh, the volume-weighted surcharge was only slightly lower than the previous year’s high of €0.0590/kWh.
Tenders for large-scale solar systems will total 5,850 MW this year. The second and third phases will open on July 1 and December 1.
There are also three rounds of bidding this year for rooftop systems with a capacity of at least 1 MW. The first, with a volume of no less than 217 MW, has already been commissioned and has a deadline of February 1. In 2023, a total of 650 MW will be tendered in this segment, and the maximum price will increase significantly compared to 2022 to 0.1125 Euro/kWh.
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