France announces tenders for PV and battery storage systems

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It’s been an exciting few days for both the energy storage and PV technology markets. Following the unveiling by Tesla of its Powerwall home and Powerpack commercial batteries, there has been a rush of news regarding PV storage partnerships.

The latest news comes from France, where the country’s Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy has announced a tender for 50 MW of installed power – combining storage battery technology with PV – in the country’s overseas departments and territories, often referred to as the DOM-TOM, and the Mediterranean island of Corsica.

The 50 MW comprises 25 MW of installations on rooftops and another 25 MW of PV and battery systems mounted on the ground or on parking shade structures. The minimum size of a system must be 100 KW.

The tender’s objective, says the ministry, is to "deploy solar energy which is particularly adapted to island electrical systems." Combining innovative storage technology solutions with PV, the installations will limit the consumption of electricity when demand is high, it added.

Furthermore, the application of innovative battery and PV configurations will allow these systems to both predict their power output and enhance the quality of the generated electricity. Therefore, the ministry remarks, the tender will support systems that suit specifically isolated island grids, enabling the energy autonomy of the overseas territories.

The French overseas departments and territories have a population of about three million people, who live in remote islands in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans.

The deadline for tender submissions is November 20, 2015.

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