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The year 2020 will bring huge regulatory and market changes that will significantly change operating conditions and competitiveness of companies in the energy sector. In the first half of 2020, EU policy on climate neutrality and EU funds (European Green Deal) will be clarified and key policy and regulatory documents on RES will be consulted and adopted. In the second half of the year, the EU regulations will be implemented in Poland. As a result, the position of renewable energy on the electricity and heat markets will improve significantly.
The RES Bulletin is a dedicated information service prepared by the team of the Renewable Energy Institute containing current original political and regulatory analyses concerning the Polish renewable energy sources market, discussion of analyses of other domestic and foreign analytical centres, subsidy programmes for installations using renewable resources, energy and climate policy in Poland together with implementation of EU policies and impact assessment on further development of the domestic renewable energy sector.
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Investors' interest in wind projects in Poland versus 10H Act

The latest IEO data indicate that the entry into force of the so-called 10h Act has essentially blocked the development of new wind energy projects in Poland. Since the Wind Power Investments Act, which requires the location of wind turbines at a distance of not less than 10 times their total height, went into effect in 2016 practically no completely new green field wind project has received a building permit. Projects only change their owner, sometimes insignificant changes are made to them, which only statistically confirm that the development activity is continued.

It can be noted that only those wind farm projects that obtained a building permit before the restrictive regulations came into force had a chance to be implemented (from the stage at which they had been in 2016). Only these investors have a chance to develop these projects using 15 years of support from winning RES auctions.

A common question asked by market participants is how many potential wind projects with a valid building permit can be submitted to this year's auction? Has the wind energy market been completely blocked?
Answers to these and other questions can be found in the latest August update of the Wind Projects in Poland database by the Institute of Renewable Energy (IEO).

According to the IEO, there are still 1.4 GW of wind projects on the Polish market with a valid building permit obtained before the entry into force of the 10H Act. This year's auctions are the last call for these projects to obtain financial support and to complete the investment process within the auctions. A large auction for wind and photovoltaic projects above 1 MW is planned for this year, in which 1.5 GW of wind and photovoltaic farm projects will get a chance to receive government support. So far, in two RES auctions (in 2018 and 2019) for large farms, wind projects with a total capacity of about 3365 MW have won, of which over 2 GW of projects are under construction.

The situation is slightly better when it comes to the successful application for connection conditions.  In the Wind Projects in Poland database, wind projects with a total capacity of 7.68 GW have connection conditions issued.

Despite the stagnation in applying for new building permits, the projects are at various stages of progress. Some have already participated in auctions in 2018 and 2019, and those with "old" building permits are likely to participate in this year's auction. However, this is not the case for projects whose owners did not manage to obtain a building permit before 2016. On the Polish market, such projects, which have only grid connection conditions issued, are almost 3.2 GW. In the last three years, developers have been active in obtaining connection conditions. New connection conditions received both - projects with old building permits, as well as new projects. In 2020, 23 projects with a total capacity of 261 MW received connection conditions.

The largest capacity of wind projects is still present in the Pomorskie, Zachodniopomorskie and Wielkopolskie Voivodeships. In these voivodeships there are 57% of wind projects, while in eastern Poland the development activity has practically ceased.

A waste of the industry's potential and capital committed is the lack of developers' efforts to obtain a building permit for some projects with already issued grid connection conditions despite the 10h Act. In this group of projects with the capacity (according to the IEO database) of 1.8 GW you can certainly find those that will meet the 10H rule using the latest technologies. Smaller projects (several MW) consisting of new, efficient turbines, economically still win with photovoltaic projects in auctions. They can be implemented in the PPA formula, or in a self-producer's business model, where they could work better than photovoltaics. The under-use of this potential and the capital already committed is difficult to understand from an economic point of view, even if the industry is waiting for the 10H rule to be unblocked. The most regrettable thing is the time that is escaping, which is objectively the best for developed wind energy technology. -  Grzegorz Wiśniewski, CEO of Institute for Renewable Energy.

We invite you to learn more about the IEO database "Wind projects and RES auction winners Database - August 2020".
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Based on the database of photovoltaic and wind companies "RES Auctions Winners 2016-2020"

In Poland the market of solar farms up to 1 MW is developing rapidly thanks to the polish auction system. Not surprisingly, competition in the "small basket" for wind and photovoltaic projects up to 1 MW was fierce. According to the announcement of Energy Regulatory Office, 590 producers joined the auction with a total of 1618 bids, and all the bids submitted were from photovoltaic only. The auction was resolved in favor of 235 producers, which submitted a total of 747 bids with the lowest price. The minimum energy price was 222.87 PLN/MWh - for comparison, in 2019 the minimum price was 269 PLN/MWh. On the other hand, the maximum price at which energy was auctioned in 2020 was 268.88 PLN/MWh - in 2019 it was 327 PLN/MWh. This shows that the high competition and the decrease in the prices of photovoltaic modules significantly affect the decrease in the auction prices.

Renewable energy auctions are the last call for wind farm projects blocked by polish “10H Act”. So far, the wind energy-dominated "large basket" (for projects above 1 MW) auction in 2020 succumbed to cheap photovoltaic technology. The 2019 auction, in which 3 PV farm projects won in this basket, was only the beginning of the PV "revolution" in this basket. In the 2020 auction, PV projects equalled the number of bids and capacity of wind power plants. In order to win the auction, PV investors went well below the reference price - the reference price for PV was 340 PLN/MWh, while the maximum price at which energy was sold in this auction was almost 100 PLN/MWh lower (249.90 PLN/MWh). The distribution of auction prices for the large basket of winning projects according to Energy Regulatory Office data (prepared by IEO) statistically confirms the thesis that wind and solar projects markets are similar - figure below.

Special purpose companies (SPC) held by holding companies as Windbud, Windpower Poland, Polenergia, QAIR Polska or OX2 won in the auction with wind farm projects, whereas SPC held by Green Genius, Columbus Energy or R.Power won with photovoltaic projects.

Among holding companies with the highest number of winners there are also EDP Renewables Polska and V-Ridium (formerly Geo Renewables), which are operating on both markets and have submitted both wind and photovoltaic projects to the auction.

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