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The Bundesnetzagentur has published the realisation rate of the projects for ground-mounted PV installations that were approved in the first round of auctions, which took place in 2015. The deadline by which operators had to submit proof-of-implementation was 8 May 2017. The outcome is extremely positive, with 24 out of 25 projects having started operations within the specified deadline.

Said State Secretary Baake: "The result is simply excellent. 96 per cent of the projects that were approved in the first round of auctions in 2015 have started operating. The funding rates for these projects were set in a competitive process and we now know that operators are actually implementing their projects in this framework."

The shift from fixed funding rates decreed by policy-makers to a competitive process had been initiated by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and stipulated in the 2014 and 2017 versions of the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG). The first round of auctions for ground-mounted PV installations took place in 2015. Twenty-five of the 170 bids submitted in this pilot round were approved. Their combined capacity is 157 megawatts. The average price of electricity at which projects were approved was 9.17 ct/kWh.

The deadline for submitting proof-of-implementation was 8 May 2017. with 24 out of 25 projects having started operations within the specified deadline. Most of the ground-mounted PV projects were implemented on conversion sites in the states of Brandenburg and Saxony-Anhalt. There was only one project that did not work out. A fine is now payable and will be paid into the EEG account.

A total of three auction rounds for ground-mounted PV installations took place in 2015. All three auction rounds, whose combined total volume was 500 megawatts, were characterised by a high level of competition. In each round, the volume up for auction was considerably oversubscribed. Prices kept falling from round to round, starting with 9.17 ct/kWh to the current 6.58 ct/kWh, which was reached in February 2017. This is an indication of the effectiveness of the bidding procedure. In the second and third rounds, smaller market players also won funding.

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