Germany will launch a first auction of terrain for solar power installations from next month since it aims to bring renewable energy into the wholesale power market, away from a costly period of subsidies.
The cabinet on Wednesday established rules for an experimental project for the public sale of open spaces for the exploitation of 1.2 gigawatts (GW) of installed photovoltaic capacity over the next three years. The system approved on Wednesday requires the energy regulator, the Bundesnetzagentur, collecting proposals until April 15 to give permits to construct 500 MW of solar in 2015, 400 MW in 2016 and 300 MW in 2017. The bidders with the lowest potential price offers for the electricity to be generated on the land will win. As free land is limited, the government also intends to give several 1,000 hectares of federal land in 2016 and 2017 for the purpose and also comprise some land that has been described as inappropriate for farming. [emp]