French Minister of Energy, Ecology and Sustainable Development Segolene Royal announced that 361 projects totaling 150 MW were selected in the first round of the tender for rooftop PV projects ranging in size from 500 kW to 8 MW. Royal made the announcement on her Twitter account on Thursday, after speaking at a conference on renewable energies currently taking place in France.
The bidding round ended with an average price of €106.7 ($116.2)/MWh, according to local portal Romandie.com. The French Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE), which issued the request for proposals for the first round of the tender in September, had said it expected the round to end with an price between €95/MWh and €143/MWh.
Overall, the French government expects to install 1,350 MW of PV power through the 3-year tender, which is open to rooftop PV systems installed on buildings, greenhouses, agricultural hangars and carports. The tender will have nine separate windows for submitting proposals. The first round window closed on Mar. 10, 2017, while the deadline for last round window will be Nov 4, 2019. Deadline to submit project proposals for the next round is Jul. 7, 2017.
Since being appointed energy minister in April 2014, the French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development Ségolène Royal has launched several initiatives to support the French solar sector, including this and a series of tenders for both large-scale and small-sized PV projects, aimed at installing 3 GW of additional PV capacity over the next three years.
France currently has an installed PV capacity of approximately 7 GW. The country aims at installing up to 10.2 GW of solar by 2018 and 20.2 GW by 2023