German onshore wind tender for 1.5 GW only attracts 718 MW

3 May 2021

The German Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur or BNetzA) has published the results of the latest tenders for onshore wind with a bidding date set for 1 February 2021 and solar capacity with a bidding date set for 1 March 2020.

The auction for 1,500 MW of onshore wind capacity attracted 91 bids totalling 718 MW, with price ranging from €5.15c/kWh to €6c/kWh (weighted average of €6c/kWh). Two bids were excluded and 691 MW were awarded. Many projects were awarded in Schleswig-Holstein (20 awards, totalling 173 MW), North Rhine-Westphalia (20 awards, totalling 116 MW) and in Brandenburg (18 awards, totalling 165 MW).

The solar auction for 617 MW of capacity was significantly oversubscribed, attracting 288 bids for 1,504 MW of capacity, with prices ranging from €4.69c/kWh to €5.18c/kWh (weighted average of €5.03c/kWh). 103 bids totalling 620 MW were selected.

In addition, a tender for 168 MW of biomass-fired capacity attracted 60 bids totalling 44 MW and 38 bids totalling 34 MW were awarded at an average price of €17.02c/kWh. A second innovation tender (bids for system combination) for 250 MW of capacity was oversubscribed, attracting 509 MW of bids and awarding 258 MW.

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