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Published on February 28th, 2015 | by James Ayre


Germany Announces First Tender For Ground-Mounted PV (150 MW)

February 28th, 2015 by  

The government of Germany — the country’s Federal Network Agency to be exact — recently announced the first tender for ground-mounted photovoltaic (PV) systems in the country.

The full order volume for the solar tender — which will be split into 3 different annual rounds — will reportedly be 150 megawatts (MW). The highest bid will be set at 11.29 cents per kWh. Each of the 3 rounds will be announced roughly 8 weeks before the bid date — on the website of the Federal Network Agency. Bids for the first tender are ongoing until April 15th.

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The president of the Federal Network Agency, Jochen Homann, stated: “The pilot process to tender for the promotion of photovoltaic ground-mounted systems, we propose a new chapter in the promotion of renewable energies. The promotion will be converted from a administratively fixed subsidy rate on competitively determined rates of support. The Federal Network Agency will pay close attention to the bidder to comply with the rules of the game, we are confident that the existing stakeholder diversity is reflected in the commandments.”

Seems good.

On a related note, the German Energiewende (Energy Transition) is apparently still right on track (despite recent comments suggesting otherwise) according to a recent report from Agora Energiewende. While the name of the organization does give away some bias, it’s worth noting that the former head of the Berlin-based think-tank (Rainer Bakke) is apparently now the chief advisor to Germany’s energy and economics minister on the future of the Energiewende. So, I think it’s worth listening to.

As per that report, Germany is still on track to hit its target of 40–45% renewables by 2025. And following that, 55–60% by 2035, and 80% by 2050.


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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.

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