France releases new FITs for rooftop PV in Corsica and overseas territories


France’s Ministry of the Environment, Energy and the Sea (MEEM) has issued the decree (Arrêté du 4 mai 2017) setting the new FITs for the Corsica island and it overseas territories.

The 20-year FITS will be granted to new rooftop PV projects with a capacity of up to 100 kW, for which a grid-connection request has been submitted after the publication of the decree.

Power generation remunerated through the FIT will be limited at 1,600 hours per year. All kWh injected to the grid after this limit is reached will be remunerated with €0.05/kWh.

According to the text of the decree, the FITs for the first quarter will range from €0.15/KWh in Corsica to €0.19/kWh in Mayotte. The FITs will be the same for BIPV projects and rooftop installations with simplified integration. The scheme includes a FIT digression rate in accordance with the volumes of new installed capacity registered in each quarter.

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In the energy transition law, the French government has set specific renewable energy targets for Corsica and its overseas territories. In its latest tender for PV projects over 100 kW for these regions, the MEEM allocated approximately 51.8 MW of PV capacity, of which 18 MW in Corsica, 9 MW in Guadeloupe, 5.2 MW in Guyana, 8.5 MW in La Réunion, and 11.1 MW in Martinique. Projects selected in the tender were granted a FIT of €204/MWh.

In December 2016, the French energy regulator CRE issued two more solar tenders for Corsica and overseas territories. One tender is for PV installations for self-consumption ranging in size from 100 kW to 500 kW, while a second tender will select projects not exceeding 50 MW. Bids for both tenders must be submitted by Jun. 16, 2017.

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