Spain is Europe's most inexpensive market for corporate solar PPAs

Apr 8, 2020 07:07 PM ET
  • The country's solar field offers the most affordable average rates for corporate power purchase agreements on the continent, according to brand-new research by BloombergNEF.
Spain is Europe's most inexpensive market for corporate solar PPAs
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Spain is the best solar market for corporate power purchase contracts in Europe, according to BloombergNEF, with the lowest rates for PV jobs coming in at EUR35.30/ MWh.

Sweden, at the same time, is the continent's most affordable market for company wind PPAs, with the lowest costs balancing EUR30.50/ MWh, the study attire stated in its just recently released BloombergNEF 1H 2020 European Company PPA Rate Study.

It said that it intends to supply greater quality around "fair PPA rate varieties in Europe" in order to create even more openness in the continent's quickly developing company PPA setting.

"The really large range of results was particularly fascinating, with the void in between the least expensive PPA you may check in Sweden and also one of the most expensive PPA in the U.K. being over EUR30/MWh," said Helen Dewhurst, expert for BloombergNEF.

The record focuses on the minimum-maximum price arrays for the most usual PPA scenarios for solar and wind projects in 9 different markets. PPA prices tend to vary throughout the continent relying on 3 crucial factors: ability, term length, as well as the structure of contracts, BloombergNEF stated.

PPA rates rely on a variety of variables and are not fixed, so one can not identify a solitary market price. That stated, by taking a look at underlying power markets and also a series of modification factors, one can determine a "practical variety for an offered PPA circumstance," BloombergNEF clarified. Accessible info on the business PPA atmosphere often tends to be "normally anecdotal as well as project-specific," it declared, noting exactly how non-disclosure contracts make it challenging to obtain a precise photo of what is really happening on the ground.

Variants in PPA agreement terms can also have a large influence on pricing, BloombergNEF stated. It noted that yearly baseload contracts for continuous power can be as much as EUR3.5 euros/MWh extra pricey than traditional pay-as-produced agreements that directly keep tabs on solar and wind output.

It additionally stated that term size can have a large influence on business PPA rates. In Europe, a EUR1.5-2.5/ MWh premium is normally added onto 15-20 year terms, versus much more standard 10-15 year terms. The scientists suggest that this marks an essential difference between Europe and the USA, which is the most significant corporate PPA market on the planet, with 40.4 GW of task versus simply 9.8 GW on the Old Continent.

BloombergNEF stated it intends to update the corporate PPA study on a semiannual basis, with strategies to add even more nations as PPA task ramps up throughout the area.

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