Solarpower Europe unveils new tenders’ guidelines that outline best practice for new solar plants above 1 MW
From 1st January 2017, the EU State Aid regime for environmental protection and energy require Member States to issue tenders for the procurement of new solar plants above 1 MW.
Ensuring high-realisation rates of projects
"We believe that particular attention should be given to ensuring high-realisation rates of solar projects. Getting low prices as an outcome of an auction is only one criteria to consider a tender successful. Pre-qualification criteria and a systematic approach on penalties should also be part of the standard practice" said Jochen Hauff, Head of business development, energy industry & policy at BayWa-r.e and tendering task force leader.
Revised Renewable Energy Directive by end of 2016
Tenders are a focal point at the European level with the European Commission expected to present a revised Renewable Energy Directive by the end of the year, the paper touches upon the potential convergence of tenders across borders: "We consider that a progressive convergence of the design parameters of national tenders should takes place first before we think about opening tenders cross-border" concluded Alexandre Roesch, Policy Director at SolarPower Europe.
Design features for each tender phase
The guidelines suggest minimum design features for each important phase of a tender - before, during and after the bids are submitted. They will be distributed to all Member States to support the use of best practice in the design of tenders. (HCN)