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The Danish-German Cross-Border Auctions on Solar PV

In this podcast, Dijana Dmitruk, legal advisor of the Danish Energy Agency, discusses the Danish-German cooperation agreement for mutually opened auctions of solar photovoltaics (PVs). This significant agreement allows projects located in Germany to receive support payments from the Danish state and vice versa. While cross-border cooperation has been encouraged at European level and promoted through the cooperation mechanisms put in place in Directive 2009/28/EC, there has been little uptake to date. This auction process marks an important and innovative step in the allocation of support for solar PV and, as one of the first cross-border auctions in Europe, may operate as a blueprint for future cooperation agreements.

In the podcast, Dijana Dmitruk provides an in-depth analysis of the process, outlining the myriad challenges of the pilot test, including issues surrounding the permitting process and taxation rules, and considers what can be learned for future cross-border arrangements among other Member States.