Poland’s Energy Regulatory Office will hold two solar and wind energy capacity auctions early next month, according to the Polish Institute for Renewable Energy (IEO).
The procurement exercise for projects with a generation capacity of more than 1 MW will be held on December 5, with the tender for smaller installations on December 10.
The first exercise is expected to allocate around 2.5 GW of renewables capacity and should offer brighter prospects for solar developers after PV secured only 1 MW of capacity in last year’s tender. The IEO said only projects holding grid and construction approval permits are eligible for the procurement and claimed only 2.5 GW of the 7.46 GW of wind projects with grid-connection approval had also secured construction permits.
Some of the permitted wind power projects face possible difficulty raising finance, according to the IEO, which contrasted that industry with solar, which it says is on the rise in Poland with 1.4 GW of generation capacity receiving grid approval and 650 MW of projects holding building permits.