First PV Tender In Albania

Albania Launches 50 MW Solar PV Tender, With Additional 20 to 50 MW Capacity Increase Option
11:42 PM (Beijing Time) - 04. August 2018

Albania’s Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy under Minister Damian Gjiknuri (in the pic) is calling out to developers for a 50 MW solar PV project in the Eastern European country. Tender documents are available as of Aug. 4, 2018. (Photo Credit: Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy, Albania) 

Key Takeaways

  • Albania is calling out to developers for a 50 MW solar PV project it has tendered
  • It will be located in Akernia in Vlora municipality of Albania, and is planned to come up within 18 months of signing the PPA
  • There will be an option to add another 20 MW to 50 MW capacity more to the original capacity of 50 MW
  • Bidding documents will be available from August 6, 2018; the final submission date is September 17, 2018

Albania has launched a competitive bidding process to award a contract for developing a 50 MW solar PV plant in the country. The Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy (MIE) has chosen the location for the project in Akernia in Vlora municipality for its high solar radiation.

Post signing the power purchase agreement (PPA), winners will have 18 months to realize the project. The period of the project agreement will be 30 years, with an option for an extension. The PPA for this project could be signed for the first 15 years of the plant operation. Successful developers can also look at increasing the plant capacity by 20 MW to 50 MW.

Pre-bid meeting and field visit for interested bidders is scheduled for August 27, 2018. Bid related documents will be available as of August 6, 2018. Last date to apply for the tender is September 17, 2018.

Tender details are available with the MIE.

In January 2018, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) launched an expression of interest to seek consultants who can design and implement competitive bidding process for 50 MW to 100 MW PV auction in Albania (see EBRD Seeking Consultants For Albanian PV Auction).

Albania aims to install 120 MW of solar and 70 MW of wind power capacity by 2020, according to Reuters. Currently, over 90% of the Eastern European country’s electricity needs are being met by hydro power.


Anu Bhambhani

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