Kosovo's debut 100-MW solar auction has garnered significant interest, with six bidders, representing a diverse range of countries, competing for the opportunity to develop a solar project in the municipality of Rahovec, as announced by the government on Saturday.
The participating companies and consortia include the Turkish consortium Calik-Limak, the local entity Notus Energy Kosovo (affiliated with a German company), France's Akuo Energy SAS, Egypt's Elswedy Electric, another Turkish consortium Guris Insaat Muhendishik, and the Kosovo office of Swiss consortium Orllati.
Submissions were received by the government within the extended deadline, concluding on January 31. In the upcoming weeks, an evaluation committee will scrutinize the proposals, and qualified bidders will proceed to engage in an electronic bidding or “e-auction” format. The project will be awarded to the bidder presenting the lowest bid price.
Minister of Economy, Artane Rizvanolli, emphasized the significance of this project as the first in a series of planned competitions over the next two years. These competitions aim to facilitate the construction of 950 MW of renewable energy capacity, with an estimated value of EUR 1.2 billion (USD 1.3bn). The subsequent auction is slated to focus on 150 MW of wind power generating capacity and is scheduled for later this year, according to the minister.