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Tenders for renewable energy 2020 in Poland

This year, the volume of tenders is still significantly lower than in 2019, with the estimated funding volume being the equivalent of 6.4 billion euros. A large part of this is likely to be allocated to photovoltaic and wind power plants with more than one megawatt.

The tenders for renewable energies in Poland are re-scheduled every year. While last year a volume of 185 terawatt hours was tendered and only 91 terawatt hours were awarded, the tenders for 2020 are now only estimated at a maximum of 75.3 terawatt hours. The subsidy for this volume amounts to 27.4 billion zloty, which is equivalent to around 6.4 billion euros. The subsidy will be paid in Poland for 15 years.

With regard to the procedure of the eight rounds of bidding in total, this year, due to the corona pandemic, bids can only be submitted via an internet auction platform. This was announced by the Polish regulator Urzad Regulacji Energetyki (URE). Last year there were twelve rounds of bidding. Eleven of them were decided.

The first round is scheduled for 3 November and will cover biogas from agriculture. Plants in this category must have already been completed and must have a capacity of over one megawatt. The remaining seven rounds of tendering are aimed at new plants from the various renewable energy sectors, including biogas, hydropower, geothermal energy and offshore wind power.

The bidding rounds, which begin at the end of November, are eagerly awaited. On 26 November, there will be a direct competition for awards between the new onshore wind power and photovoltaic plants with a capacity of more than one megawatt. This will be followed by a no less interesting decision in the field of smaller plants with a capacity of less than one megawatt that have not yet been completed.

The last two rounds will probably account for a large part of this year’s funding. This was also the case in 2019. At that time, the funding concentrated on the tendering round for wind and photovoltaic systems with a capacity of over one megawatt. Thus 46.3 terawatt hours of energy from these plants were subsidised with the equivalent of around 3.5 billion euros.

The Polish regulatory authority URE estimates that as a result of the auction, up to 1000 megawatts of new wind power installations and almost 800 megawatts of photovoltaic capacity could be created in 2020.

The Polish Ministry of Climate has already announced extremely ambitious targets for next year’s tenders. According to these targets, 1.7 gigawatts of capacity of photovoltaic systems are to be added in Poland next year in the course of the auctions. According to the Ministry of Climate, Poland could then gain 2.2 gigawatts of capacity for all renewable energy sources after 2021 if the tendering process can continue as planned for the current year. Tenders for 53.235 terawatt hours are planned for 2021. The maximum funding volume is then to be the equivalent of 4.6 billion euros.


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