The Croatian Energy Market Operator (“HROTE”) issued the first public invitation for submission of bids on a public tender for granting of feed-in-tariffs (“FiT”) and premiums, respectively, as incentives for production of electricity from renewable energy sources. The public invitation is a statutory precondition for the tender and is published two to four months before the publishing of the actual tender. The respective tender will be published on 30 September 2020, with a 15-day deadline for the bid submission. This is the first tender to be announced under the new renewable energy sources incentive system enacted earlier in 2020.
FiTs are reserved only for production facilities of installed power of 50kW to 500kW and include solar, hydro, biomass and biogas production facilities. The total quotas of production facilities for the FiT amount to 72,000 kW.
The premiums are available only for biomass and biogas production facilities of installed power ranging from 500kW to 2MW, within the overall quotas to 8,000kW per each kind of eligible production facility (i.e. biomass and biogas).
Eligible bidders are project holders relating to the construction of new production facilities using renewable energy sources with, among others, at least a valid location permit and grid permit issued by the grid operator.
The bidder that offers the lowest electricity price (in relation to FiT) or the lowest premium margin (in relation to premium tariff), will be chosen as the winning bidder. For the tender to be completed, at least three bids for each kind of production facility must be submitted.