Tenders (Feed-in tariff)

Updated: 14.02.2017

Author: Michał Gulczyński

The tenders are available for all technologies. There are different tenders for seven baskets and separate tenders are carried out for installations with power above and under 1 MW. The tender has only one stage in a sealed bid format. The winners of the tenders get a guaranteed feed-in tariff (paid as bid) for 15 years if the power of the installation is below 500 kW.

Eligible technologies and support requirements

The winner of an auction will be the tenderer offering the lowest price for his electricity and will be awarded with a guaranteed price per kWh (feed-in tariff) for the period of 15 years (RES Act, Art. 40) if the power of the installation is below 500 kW (RES Act, Art. 92.1.). The auctions will be carried out independently for the following seven groups of projects (RES Act, Art. 73.3):
  • Projects with the installed electricity power above 3,504 MWh/MW/year (independently from the renewable energy source)
  • Projects for the use of biodegradable industrial and municipal waste
  • Projects with CO2 emissions not exceeding 100 kg/MWh and with the installed electricity power above 3,504 MWh/MW/year
  • clusters
  • cooperatives
  • using only agricultural biogas 
  • other projects.
Separate tenders will be carried out for installations with power above and under 1 MW (RES Act, Art. 73.4).

Wind energy

Eligible

  • guaranteed FiT
  • 15 years from the beginning of the energy production, no longer than until the end of 2035
  • The restrictions depend on the rules of a particular tender

Solar energy

Eligible

  • guaranteed FiT
  • 15 years from the beginning of the energy production, no longer than until the end of 2035
  • The restrictions depend on the rules of a particular tender

Geothermal energy

Eligible

  • guaranteed FiT
  • 15 years from the beginning of the energy production, no longer than until the end of 2035
  • The restrictions depend on the rules of a particular tender

Biogas

Eligible

  • guaranteed FiT
  • 15 years from the beginning of the energy production, no longer than until the end of 2035
  • The restrictions depend on the rules of a particular tender

Hydro-power

Eligible

  • guaranteed FiT
  • 15 years from the beginning of the energy production, no longer than until the end of 2035
  • The restrictions depend on the rules of a particular tender

Biomass

Eligible

  • guaranteed FiT
  • 15 years from the beginning of the energy production, no longer than until the end of 2035
  • The restrictions depend on the rules of a particular tender

Tender characteristics

Pre-qualification criteria

To take part in the tender, it is required to be registered as an energy producer (RES Act, Art. 71). Other criteria depend on the basket that a particular tender is in.

Bidding procedure

The tender has only one stage in a sealed bid format.

Tender constraints

The Council of ministers establishes the amount of energy to be bought in the next year until 31 October of the previous year (Art. 72.1.). The price cap is set by the Minister of Energy before every tender (Art. 77.1.). The maximal amount of public support is equal to the difference between the referential price multiplied by the amount of produced energy and the revenues from the same amount of energy sold on the competitive market on an average price.

Pricing rules

Pay as bid.

Lead time

The lead time amounts to 48 months for all technologies, except for solar energy (24 months) and offshore wind energy (72 months) (RES Act, 79.1.8)a)).

Frequency of tenders

No rule is set.

Addressees

The addressees are the renewable energy producers.

Procedure

Process flow and deadlines

The Council of ministers establishes the amount of energy to be bought in the next year until 31 October of the previous year (RES Act, Art. 72.1.) and the order of tenders to be carried out (RES Act, Art. 73.7.). The president of the Energy Regulatory Office (URE) organizes the tenders (RES Act, Art. 73.1.)

Competent authority

Energy Regulatory Office (URE)

Ministry of Energy

Council of Ministers

Penalties

Amount of the fee

The amount of the fee is the difference between the amount of energy produced and energy that ought to be produced multiplied by a half of the offered price (RES Act, Art. 170. 6.). The president of the Energy Regulatory Office may also put a penalty on the manager of the enterprise but it cannot be higher than 300% of his salary (RES Act, Art. 172).

Mechanism in place to ensure the payment of the fee

No mechanism in place.

Distribution of costs

Consumers

The costs are borne by the end consumers of electricity.

Distribution mechanism

The costs are transferred to the consumers through the price of electricity.

Poland

Further information

Basic information on legal sources