Croatia: RES premium tender

, SEE Energy News

The total quota for the allocation of the premium for the production of electricity from renewable sources was 88 MW. 107 bids were received in the tender, with total capacity of 41.5 MW. Of that number of bids received, 71 of them were entitled to a premium, with total capacity of 25.5 MW. The Croatian energy market operator HROTE has published the amounts of the highest and lowest reference values from winning bids, ie the amounts of the highest and lowest offered purchase prices from winning bids and the results of the public tender for market premium and guaranteed purchase price of electricity produced from renewable sources. HROTE also said that by 14 January all bidders in the tender will be notified if their bids were successful or if they were found invalid.

Out of the total number of submitted bids, the highest amount was for the award of a premium for solar power plants with a power output of between 50 and 500 kW – 75. The total capacity of solar bids was 19.3 MW, while the total quota was 50 MW. The highest reference price from the public tender was 83.3 euros/MWh. Of the mentioned number of submitted bids, 57 of them will be granted a premium, with the average reference price of all winning bids at 77.5 euros/MWh. Total capacity of all winning solar bids is 13.4 MW. There was no interest in premiums for hydropower plants up to 50 kW, while for those with a capacity of between 50 and500 kW, 10 bids with a total capacity of 1.9 MW for a quota of 5 MW were received. The maximum reference price from the tender was 138.8 euros/MWh, while the average reference price of four winning bids with a total capacity of 0.9 MW of winning bids was 138.1 euros/MWh.

For biomass power plants, the award of the premium is foreseen for two capacity ranges: 50-500 kW and 500-2,000 kW. For the first range, the quota was 6 MW, and the maximum reference price was 175.8 euros/MWh. Eight bids with a total capacity of 3 MW were received. There were three winning bids, with an average reference price of 175.4 euros/MWh and a total capacity of 1.3 MW. At the same time, for the second range, the quota was 8 MW, and the highest reference price was 148 euros/MWh. Five bids were received with a total connection capacity of 6.8 MW, while two projects with an average reference price of 148 euros/MWh and a total capacity of 2.1 MW were the winners.

The biogas power plants in the tender for the award of premiums were also divided into two groups, according to the power range: 50-500 kW and 500-2,000 kW. For the first one, the quota was 7 MW, and the highest reference price was 149.4 euros/MWh. Two offers were received for this range with a total connection capacity of 0.7 MW, but none of them will receive the premium. On the other hand, for the second group of biogas power plants, the quota was 8 MW, and the maximum reference price was 142.8 euros/MWh. A total of seven bids with a total capacity of 9.7 MW were received. Of these, five bids will receive premiums, and their average reference price is 141.1 euros/MWh with the total capacity 7.7 MW.