South Korea launches auction for 2 GW of solar capacity

4 May 2021

The South Korean Energy Agency has initiated a tender for 2,050 MW of solar capacity, which will be allocated across 5 project categories: installations of less than 100 kW; projects ranging from 100 to 500 kW; PV arrays with a capacity between 500 kW and 1 MW; solar parks with an installed power of 1 to 20 MW; and, for the first time, solar power plants exceeding 20 MW in size. The selected projects will sign a 20-year fixed rate contract under South Korea’s renewable energy certificate (REC) mechanism in August 2021 and will sell electricity to local power distributors.

South Korea is expected to allocate 4 GW of solar capacity 2021 across two tenders. The second tender should take place in October 2021.

In 2019, solar accounted for 9% of South Korea’s installed capacity, with 11.6 GW. According to preliminary estimates, solar power generation surged by 41% in 2020 to over 18 TWh, i.e. 3% of the country's power mix.

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