The winner of the first 100 MW solar auction is the Orllati Consortium from the diaspora, with international and local partners

Prishtina, 29.03.2024 – After successfully concluding the bidding process for the 100 MW photovoltaic (PV) solar auction, the Ministry of Economy held today the electronic auction (e-Auction) for the first 100 MW photovoltaic solar park.

In the electronic auction, companies bid against the lowest bid, and the bidding process consisted of four sessions. The first session had 43 bids with a closing price of 57.00 Euro, the second session ended with 35 bids and a closing price of 49.89 Euro, the third session had 20 bids with a closing price of 48.88 Euro, while the fourth session determined the winner with a closing price of 48.88 Euro/MW h. The Orllati Consortium from our diaspora in Switzerland, with international and local partners, was declared the winner,

There were 5 participating companies and consortia in today’s auction, namely Orllati (VD) SA, Çalik-Limak Rahovec SPP Consortium, Guris Insaat ve Muhendisika A.S, Akuo Energy SAS, and Elswedy Electric S.A.E.

Prime Minister of Kosovo, Albin Kurti, stated that as a Government we aim and work to establish an energy sector that is secure, places the citizens of the Republic of Kosovo at its center, and aligns with global developments and the 100 MW solar auction is a reflection of these goals.

He stated that the 100 MW addition to energy generation will reduce dependence on imports, and the winning company will invest over 70 million Euro to reacxh these capacities, making it one of the largest solar parks in Europe.

Minister of Economy, Artane Rizvanolli, while discussing the goals of the Government of Kosovo in modernizing and improving the energy sector, stated that the successful completion of the 100 MW solar auction is the first competitive process that establishes a foundation for a new energy sector in Kosovo, ensuring affordability for citizens, strengthening supply security and sector sustainability, with the involvement of the private sector.

She further added that the composition of reputable bidders from 6 different countries has proven that our objectives have been achieved, and throughout the process, the Ministry of Economy’s officials had an open and transparent dialogue with all interested companies. She also clarified that there have been 10 rounds of clarifications and amendments, showing that the auction is a priority for us and that we take into account the proposals of the private sector.

Meanwhile, the Acting USAID Mission Director, Kerry Monaghan Hogler, stated that it is an honour for her to be present to mark another important step towards sustainable and clean energy, and the completion of this auction is quite significant.

She also expressed pride in USAID’s support to the Government of Kosovo in implementing the first solar auction and congratulated the Ministry of Economy for the successful implementation of this auction.

Minister Rizvanolli appreciated the cooperation among many institutions, which has been crucial for the success of this process, thanking USAID, ERO, KOSTT, MFLT – State Aid Department, the Public Procurement Regulatory Commission (PPRC), MESPI and the Municipality of Rahovec.

The 100 MW solar auction, besides affecting energy supply security, will also have an impact on job generation and skill development. After the completion of the 100 MW solar auction, which is the first among many other auctions, other auctions are expected to be announced, starting with wind capacity auctions.

The bidding ceremony was attended by Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosovo, Albin Kurti, Deputy Prime Minister, Besnik Bislimi, Minister of Economy, Artane Rizvanolli, the Acting USAID Mission Director, Kerry Monaghan Hogler, Mayor of Rahovec, Smajl Latifi, and ambassadors of friendly countries.