Denmark is due to launch a technology-neutral tender this autumn pitting onshore and offshore wind against solar PV, hydropower and wave power.
The Danish Energy Agency plans to combine funds for 2020 and 2021 to offer DKK 1.2 billion (€161 million) of subsidy payments in the auction.
It would aim to award contracts to capacity equivalent to 428MW of onshore wind, it stated.
The agency expects to launch the tender on 23 August, with a bid deadline of 22 October. However, this schedule is subject to change, it added.
Offshore wind developers would apply to build a wind farm of a chosen capacity in a specific area through Denmark’s “open door” policy.
Denmark is combining funds for 2020 and 2021 because it was unable to hold a tender last year because it did not adjust the tender conditions until last December and the European Commission did not approve the scheme until May of this year.
In the most recent technology-neutral Danish tender — results for which were announced in December 2019 — wind farms secured contracts at levels nearly without subsidy.
Denmark recently paused an offshore wind tender over concerns about the seabed conditions at the nominated site.
The country has nearly 6.2GW of operational wind power capacity — onshore and offshore — according to Windpower Intelligence, the research and data division of Windpower Monthly.