Germany and Denmark to open solar auctions to each other

The governments of Germany and Denmark have signed a co-operation agreement on the mutual opening of auctions for solar installations. The deal, which allows cross-border participation of installations, sets the framework for […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

The governments of Germany and Denmark have signed a co-operation agreement on the mutual opening of auctions for solar installations.

The deal, which allows cross-border participation of installations, sets the framework for two pilot auction rounds which will be held in both countries this year.

Denmark will partially open one auction, offering a total capacity of 20MW, with up to 2.4MW to bids for ground mounted solar projects located in Germany.

The German Government will open one auction for projects with a capacity of 50MW to installations located in Denmark.

Both countries aim to strengthen their regional energy co-operation and establish a framework for partial opening of renewables support.

German State Secretary Rainer Baake said: “Integrating renewable energies into the Internal Energy Market is a major challenge for a successful energy transition in Europe. With this cross-border pilot we are sending an important signal on the role that regional cooperation can play here, to the benefit of both sides”.

Danish Minister for Energy, Utilities and Climate Lars Christian Lilleholt added the agreement allows the nations to ensure “the funding of renewables in both countries is in compliance with EU law”.