German wind prices rise by one fifth

After dramatic price decreases and major criticism of German onshore wind auctions, the average price saw a significant boost in the first auction since the provisional tightening of the rules for citizen projects. Solar power is thus cheaper than wind.

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Wind power in Germany has become much more expensive than last year. This could be one conclusion when looking at the result from the latest German onshore wind auction. Contracts were awarded to 709 MW with an average price of EUR 4.6 cents/kWh, which is 21 percent higher than the price of EUR 3.82 cents/kWh from the last auction in November.

The average price of the previous tender corresponds to the lowest approved bid this time. Overall, bids were approved in the range of EUR 3.8 cents/kWh to EUR 5.28 cents/kWh. The latter is just 8.7 percent below the highest approved bid in the very first auctions, informs the German authority Bundesnetzagentur.

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