40 MW Solar PV Capacity Tendered In Luxembourg

Luxembourg Energy Ministry Issues 3rd Call For Solar PV Tenders With 40 MW Cumulative Capacity; Commits To Tender 150 MW Till 2023
11:35 PM (Beijing Time) - 16. October 2020

After launching its 3rd solar PV tender since 2018, the Luxembourg energy ministry has issued a timeline for the next 3 solar tenders to be launched annually between 2021 and 2023 with a view to guarantee planning security to the market. (Source: Ministry of Energy and Regional Planning)

Key Takeaways

  • Luxembourg is seeking bids for 40 MW solar PV capacity under 3rd round of auctions for this technology
  • This capacity will be developed under 5 lots of varying capacity and winners can claim market premium for electricity generated
  • The energy ministry will be launching 3 more tenders till 2023 with 150 MW in total to be awarded

The Ministry of Energy and Regional Planning in Luxembourg has launched a fresh tender seeking the establishment of 40 MW of solar PV capacity. This round follows the one launched in September 2019 also for 40 MW PV capacity (see Luxembourg Issues 40 MW Solar PV Tender).

The latest round of 40 MW capacity is aimed at producing clean energy equivalent to the production of 27,000 residents. Projects can be set up under 5 following lots:

  • Lot 1: Industrial land (power> 500 kWp and ≤ 5 MWp)
  • Lot 2: External building envelopes (power> 200 kWp and ≤ 500 kWp)
  • Lot 3: External building envelopes (power> 500 kWp and ≤ 5 MWp)
  • Lot 4: Shades or water basins (power> 200 kWp and ≤ 500 kWp)
  • Lot 5: Shades or water basins (power> 500 kWp and ≤ 5 MWp)

Winners stand a chance to claim a market premium for sending clean energy generated to the grid. Last date to submit bids is April 15, 2021. Details can be accessed on the ministry’s website.  

This is the country’s 3rd call for solar PV tenders since these were initiated in 2018. Under the 1st call in 2018, 14 MW and under the 2nd call in 2019, 30 MW was accepted by the ministry. Over the next 3 years between 2021 and 2023, it plans to tender 45 MW, 50 MW and 55 MW, respectively. The ministry said this multiannual auction timeline is aimed at guaranteeing a ‘certain planning security’.

With 762 solar PV installations commissioned in 2019, Luxembourg’s annual PV capacity additions last year resulted in a total of 160 MW, a record high for the small country as the ministry claims this is 3 times more than what was installed in the previous years. Since January 2020, 311 projects representing 16.68 MW have been built and another 1,000 projects are underway, according to the ministry.

Anu Bhambhani

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