Overwhelming response to first PV auction in Portugal

8/6/19, 11:02 AM -

Portugal’s positon as Europe’s emerging market for solar PV installations bolstered by positive response to solar auction, says GlobalData.

Ourika solar park in southern Portugal.
Ourika solar park in southern Portugal.

Portugal’s first-ever solar photovoltaic (PV) auction for 1.4 gigawatts (GW) tender has received offers for 10 GW and 64 companies have shown interest to develop solar power projects. The overwhelming response from international and domestic developers has enabled Portugal to strengthen its claim as Europe’s emerging market for solar PV installations, says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

80% clean energy by 2030

Portugal has plans to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 and aims to meet 80% of its total power demand from clean energy generation by 2030. In order to achieve these targets, the Government aims to harness the solar potential and targets solar PV capacity installation to be 1.6 GW in 2021 and 8.1 GW-9.9 GW by 2030.

Tarun Bhutani, Project Manager at GlobalData, says: “The auction aims to have these large-scale solar projects in the southern zones of Alto Alentejo, Baixo Alentejo, and Algarve. This is a strategic move as South Algarve and the North Alentejo areas are among the highest solar radiation sites in Europe.”

Project pipeline of 1.2 GW PV

According to GlobalData, Portugal has 1.22 GW of solar PV capacity in the pipeline already which is under different stages of development. Installed capacity for solar PV is forecast to be 1.74 GW by 2023. Considering allocation of the current auction and second auction planned in January 2020, the capacity forecast for 2023 is set to go higher in the range of 3.8 GW-4.3 GW.

Bhutani concludes: "Solar PV is achieving grid parity and is becoming increasingly competitive amongst wholesale power markets to push forward subsidy free project installations." (HCN)

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