Eight of the 24 bidders in the latest renewables auction in the Philippines are focusing on solar, along with eight bidders looking at wind, seven linked to run-of-river hydro, and one connected to biomass.

The Green Energy Auction Bids Evaluation and Awards Committee (GEA-BEAC) of the Philippines’ Department of Energy (DOE) has approved 24 bidders to compete in an auction to allocate 2 GW of renewable energy capacity it launched in January.

“Of the 24 bidders, eight were from solar, another eight were from wind, seven were from run-of-river hydro, and one was from biomass,” the DOE said. “The success of this competitive process will set the benchmark for the future auction rounds, as the resulting Green Energy Tariff (GET) will reflect the value of electricity.”

The ministry said a new renewable energy auction will be held in 2023. Developers that did not qualify for last week’s auction can file their project proposals in the next round, it said.

“The first green energy auction in the Philippines was held today, which is a significant step in encouraging more power generation investments in renewable energy, while protecting the interest of Filipino consumers – a testament to the country’s commitment to developing indigenous and clean sources of energy at competitive prices,” said Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi.

The authorities want to contract 1,260 MW of PV, 380 MW of wind power, 230 MW of biomass, and 130 MW of hydropower capacity. Around 900 MW will likely be assigned to Luzon province, while the provinces of Visayas and Mindanao are expected to be awarded 260 MW and 100 MW, respectively.

The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has set a cap price for PV technology at PHP 3.628 ($0.066)/kWh for the exercise. The cap for wind power is PHP 5.2887.

The government of the Philippines announced plans to introduce the Green Energy Tariff Program auction in February 2020.