Federal Network Agency: 136 bids listed in second German PV tender

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The second round of tenders for ground mounted PV installations in Germany came to a close on 3 August – with the Federal Network Agency noting that the capped 150MW volume of bids was oversubscribed more than three times.

In total, there were 136 bids listed in the tender.

Peter Franke, vice president of the Federal Network Agency, said: At [the] present, the Federal Network Agency is still examining the admissibility of the 136 [bids].

Germany has seen its PV installation rates drop over the years – with the country reverting to a capped tender program to introduce new projects.

Earlier this month, the Federal Network Agency announced that only 95.5MW of PV capacity was installed in June 2015. While 7.6GW of PV installations were developed in Germany during 2012, that total dropped to 1.89GW in 2014.

In February 2015, Germany announced that ground-mounted solar would be cut down to just 1.2GW between 2015-17, with tenders falling in scale each year from 500MW in 2015 to 400MW in 2016 and ending at 300MW in 2017. In June at this year's Intersolar Europe trade show, David Wedepohl, director of communications and markets at the country’s solar association, BSW-Solar, spoke of a “rather sad picture of the German market at the moment” and lamented that Germany was likely to miss its 2.6GW new PV capacity target for this year.

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