星期三, 十月 28, 2020
Home PV News Portugal pushes back solar auction to March

Portugal pushes back solar auction to March

The minister of environment and energy transition has told parliament two auctions for large scale solar will be held this year, with a new procurement round now planned. The minister revealed energy storage may play a part in the capacity tenders.

Source:pv magazine

Portuguese minister of environment and energy transition, João Pedro Matos Fernandes, revealed on Tuesday in parliament the national solar auction set to take place this month has been pushed back to March.

The minister sugared the pill, however, by announcing another large scale solar procurement round would follow by the end of the year.

Matos Fernandes was fielding a question from Portuguese Communist Party deputy Bruno Dias during presentation of the 2020 budget when he replied: “In the first quarter, there will be a new auction to allocate solar power and some of the selected projects may include storage this time.”

Delayed

The non-aligned minister said the exercise in March would allocate 700-800 MW of solar generation capacity, indicating the tender in question was the 700 MW auction the government in May said would take place this month.

Plans have been made for another auction later in the year after the success of the nation’s first solar tender, said the minister. The government in July announced what appeared to be a world record low price for solar power of €14.76/MWh after the exercise, although the record was queried by some industry analysts.

Some 24 utility scale solar projects were allotted in 22 lots with a combined generation capacity of 1,150 MW. With two payment options available, 13 project lots – with a total capacity of 862 MW – opted for fixed tariffs with the balance choosing variable payments. The lowest, €0.0147/kWh ($0.016) tariff was bid by the Akuo Renováveis Portugal unit of French developer Akuo Energy.

Minister Matos Fernandes added, the fact Portugal has only 1.3 GW of installed solar capacity at present was another factor behind the decision to plan a second procurement round for 2020.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisment -

Most Popular

PvDesign users can now design substations for utility-scale solar projects

PvDesign’s algorithm now has the ability to design and engineer the interconnection facility on utility-scale solar projects. To connect a solar PV plant to distribution...

Clean energy job wages 25% higher than national median, report finds

Clean energy jobs paid 25% more than the national median wage in 2019 and were more likely to include health care and retirement benefits,...

U.S. Department of Defense seeks carbon-free resilient energy solutions for the Air Force

AFWERX, the U.S. Air Force’s innovation catalyst, is seeking solutions from public and private industries, commercial sectors, government and academia for the Department of...

PVpallet releases adjustable, reusable plastic solar module shipping pallets

PVpallet announced it will be producing the first-to-market renewable, collapsible, sturdy, pallet system for solar modules. PVpallet is a solar module transportation management and protection...