- Germany’s Bundesnetzagentur has launched a ground mounted solar tender for 1.107 GW
- This capacity will need to be commission on arable land and grassland in the states of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Bavaria, Hesse, Lower Saxony, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland and Saxony
- Upper project size is 20 MW
- Tariffs for this round have been capped at €0.0557 per kWh
- March 1, 2022 is the last date to submit bids
The German Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur) has launched a tender for 1.107 GW of solar power capacity for ground mounted installations, capping the tariffs at €0.0557 ($0.062) per kWh. Winners will be eligible for pay-as-bid contracts.
The tender is open for individual projects ranging from 0.75 Mw to 20 MW. Several countries have opened up arable land and grassland for solar park development in the tenders. According to Bundesnetzagentur, these include the states of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Bavaria, Hesse, Lower Saxony, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland and Saxony, with annual capacities ranging between 35 MW in Hesse and 230 MW in Saarland. Bavaria offers a capacity of up to 200 systems per year. Environmentally sensitive areas (such as NATURA 2000) are often excluded.
Launched on January 26, 2022, the last date for bid submission is March 1, 2022. Tender details are available on the agency’s website.
The agency said in 2022, 3.6 GW of ground mounted solar is to be auctioned through equal 3 tender rounds of 1.2 GW. The first tender is less than 1.2 GW as the number was reduced by the ground-mount capacity installed aside from tenders – and that was 92.3 MW. Originally, the volume for this tender was planned to be 617 MW.
In April 2021, Germany had announced to increase the solar tender volume from 1.9 GW to 6 GW – adding 2 GW for rooftops, 2 GW for ground-mount and 0.1 GW for innovations – and to 4 GW for onshore wind in 2022 under the EEG 2021 (see Germany Plans To Tender 6 GW Solar PV In 2022). The new government coalition recently said it will introduce its Solar Acceleration Package to unleash solar energy in the country, to install up to 20 GW annually to reach its 200 GW target, up from around 60 GW today (see Germany Pushing Renewables For Climate Targets).