It will procure up to 670.1MW with a ceiling price of €63/MWh — the same upper bid limit as in the three prior tenders — the Bundesnetzagentur (BNA) added.
No more than 311.2MW can be awarded in the northerly network development area to avoid bottlenecks, the energy regulator said. The area is already densely populated with wind turbines.
The 670.1MW available nationwide is below the 700MW originally planned due to just over 89MW of pilot turbines being installed last year.
In accordance with the country’s Renewable Energy Act (EEG), this 89MW is deducted from the subsequent three tenders.
Contracts will be awarded to the lowest submissions until the full volume is reached.
It will be the fourth onshore auction to take place following changes to amend rules deemed advantageous to community projects.
The rule changes included scrapping concessions allowing citizens’ groups a 54-month implementation period — two years longer than the 30-month window for larger developers.
Germany’s most recent completed onshore wind tender, concluded in May 2018, was undersubscribed and bids ranged between €46.50/MWh and €62.80/MWh, with a weighted average of €57.30/MWh — an increase on the range of €38/MWh-€52.80/MWh and average price €47.30/MWh discovered in February’s auction.
A third onshore wind tender was held in August, but results are yet to be announced.+