Urbasolar awarded 80 MW in France's latest solar auction


The French Government announced the results of its latest solar tender, CR3 800 MW, at the start of the month. Under it, Urbasolar has been awarded a total of 80 MW, which will be spread across 15 projects, including rooftops, parking shade structures and ground-mount systems.

The French solar company has said it will invest around €100 million (approx. US$108.5 million) in rolling out the projects. The necessary solar PV modules are expected to come from France-based manufacturer, Sillia.

Overall, 810 MW of projects over 250 kW have been awarded to 22 bidders. Originally, the government tendered just 400 MW, however responding to a large volume of bids at low prices, it doubled this to 800 MW in August. The next tender is scheduled for early next year.

Tariffs for the winning projects under the latest tender have fallen between 15% and 23% on the previous one, to an average of €0.082/kWh for ground mounted arrays, €0.129/kWh for large rooftop arrays and €0.124/kWh for solar shade structures. The tender was dominated by ground mounted projects up to 12 MWp in size.

Expectations are that France will install over 1 GW of solar PV in 2015. Recently, it realized the completion of Europe’s biggest PV plant to date, the 300 MW Cestas plant, located near Bordeaux.