Portugal is already speeding up work to follow its record-breaking solar auction of 2019 with a fresh tender this year, with a tentative launch date now set towards the end of Q1 2020.
Recently contacted by Energy-Storage.news' sister site PV Tech, the country’s Environment and Climate Action Ministry said it expects this year’s PV tender to get underway “by the end of March 2020”.
Asked about a potential separate storage tender – a move the government had discussed last year – a Ministry spokesperson said these technologies will be incorporated to the PV auction.
“A new bidding option shall be provided [under the solar tender] to promoters who wish to deploy a storage technology,” the spokesperson explained.
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The auction's tentative date of late March 2020 places it right alongside Solar Media's Large Scale Solar Europe 2020 (Lisbon, 31 March-1 April 2020), which will delve into Portugal's plans to drive a solar boom.