Italy allocates 300 MW of solar power in latest renewable energy auction – pv magazine International


Italy’s energy agency awarded 300MW of solar capacity at 34 sites, but it only selected a 6MW wind project in its latest auction. All promoters offered a maximum discount ranging from 2% to 3.02% from the auction ceiling price of €0.065 ($0.07)/kWh.

The Gestore dei Servizi Energetici (GSE), Italy’s energy agency, has allocated 3.06 MW of renewable energy capacity in the country’s latest renewable energy auction, for projects with a capacity greater than 1 MW.

The GSE awarded 300 MW of solar capacity at 34 sites, but only one 6 MW wind project was selected in the exercise. Twenty-seven of the projects will have capacities below 10 MW, while the remaining eight projects will range in size from 11.8 MW to 53 MW.

Selected bidders for the solar power plants included well-known Italian electricity providers such as Acea and Edison. Other bidders were special purpose vehicles with no clear ties to reputable industry players.

All promoters offered a maximum discount ranging from 2% to 3.02% compared to the auction ceiling price of €0.065/kWh. The lowest bid arrived at 0.06036 €/kWh and was proposed for a 7.8 MW solar project located in the province of Campobasso, in the central Italian region of Umbria.

The highest bid of €0.0637/kWh was submitted for 11 solar projects spread across the regions of Sardinia, Lazio, Emilia-Romagna, Puglia, Piedmont and Veneto. Bids were slightly higher than or equal to those in the seventh renewable energy auction, when discounts ranged from 2.0% to 3.5%.

In the last procurement exercise, held in January, the GSE allocated 974.9 MW of renewable energy capacity, including 710.2 MW of solar energy. In the sixth auction, held in September 2021, Italian authorities allocated 297 MW of solar power, with bids ranging from €0.0686/kWh to €0.0646/kWh. In the fifth procurement exercise, finalized in May, the lowest bid was €0.0685/kWh and was submitted for a 3.4 MW solar project.

In total, only 32 MW of solar have been allocated. In the fourth round of the tender, solar got 20 MW, while the lowest bid was €0.06819/kWh.

In the third renewable energy auction, held in October, the GSE awarded 95.5 MW of solar capacity across four sites. The lowest bid submitted for a PV project was €0.06490/kWh.

In the second renewable energy auction, only 19.3 MW of photovoltaic capacity was allocated to four projects. The lowest price of €56/MWh was proposed for a solar project. In the first procurement round, a single 5 MW solar plant was awarded, along with 495 MW of wind capacity. The single PV project will sell electricity for €0.060/kWh.

After the last auction was completed, the Italian authorities allocated around 1.5 GW of PV under the national tender programme.

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