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Germany opens new wind and solar auction

Germany federal networks agency BNetzA has initiated a new auction round for onshore wind and solar energy totaling 852.5 MW capacity.

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Germany federal networks agency BNetzA has opened a new round of auctions for solar and wind energy, where developers can place bids for a total capacity of 852.5 MW. The industry had otherwise hoped for a higher MW volume in order to avoid stagnation in domestic installations, reports Recharge News.

The price cap for onshore wind is at EUR 63 per MWh, of which 670.1 MW will be auctioned. Normally, auctioned volumes are around 700 MW, but pilot-project turbines installed last year have been deducted. According to the media, the auction has been capped, which means only 311.4 MW may be installed in the area of northern Germany characterized as a "grid expansion area". This is due to an interest in avoiding further compounding existing challenges with bottlenecks.

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