• All awarded bidders in fourth tender round for ground-mounted solar in Germany paid securities and have got the green signal to build it up
  • Again the state of Brandenburg bagged the largest capacity at 48.965 MW
  • Other states that got capacity were Bavaria at 47.306 MW, Saarland at 10 MW, Schleswig Holstein and Rhineland Palatinate at 8.840 MW and 8.390 MW, respectively
  • The average price at which the capacity was awarded in the fourth tender for solar PV power plants was 7.41 euro cents per kWh

The winning bidders in the fourth round of ground mounted solar PV tender in Germany have received green light to build the capacity they were awarded as they paid securities. A total of 128.21 MW capacity was awarded by the Federal Network Agency of Germany (BNA) recently (see Record Low Prices in Germany).

The background paper released by BNA on the results of the fourth ground mounted PV tender says that in the latest tender round 108 bids were submitted with a total volume of 540 MW. The tendering volume of 125 MW was oversubscribed more than four times in the round. The final capacity of 128 MW was awarded to 21 bidders for an average price of 7.41 euro cents per kWh; the lowest awarded bid was at a price level of 6.94 euro cents per kWh, the highest at 7.68 euro cents per kWh.

Almost all systems in Brandenburg and Bavaria
Again, Brandenburg was awarded more capacity than any other Germany state in the fourth PV tender. It scored 48.965 MW, followed by Bavaria at 47.306 MW, Saarland at 10 MW, Schleswig Holstein and Rhineland-Palatinate at 8.840 MW and 8.390 MW, respectively. According to the BNA, the reason for Brandenburg’s top rank, is the opening of the tender for systems on ‘low-quality’ agricultural land on which 37 MW will be built. In eastern Germany, land is generally cheaper than in the western part.

However, even in the previous tender, where farmland was still excluded, Brandeburg was the No. 1, ahead of Mecklenburg Western Pomerania and Bavaria. In that tender most awards went to brownfields. When looking at the number of systems, however, Bavaria was leading in the 4th round with 7 systems, ahead of Brandenburg with 6 installations.