France reveals winners of 150 MW tender


France’s Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy has selected 310 projects in the second round of its three-year tender for rooftop PV installations ranging in size from 500 kW to 8 MW.

The government said that the bidding round ended with an average price of €88.40 ($105.80)/MWh for projects ranging in size from 500 kW to 8 MW. This, the ministry stressed, is 12% lower than the average price registered in the first round of the tender for such projects. Furthermore, the ministry said that the final average price for all projects was €93.40/MWh, which is 10% lower than the price at which the previous round ended.

The ministry also said that 40% of the selected projects have received financing through crowdfunding, and that developers will receive an additional bonus of €3/MWh.

Overall, around 152 MW of PV capacity was allocated through the latest tender round. Nouvelle Aquitaine is the region that secured the largest amount of assigned capacity, with 42 MW of projects, followed by Provence Alpes Côtes d'Azur with 35 MW, Occitanie with 32 MW and Auvergnes-Rhône-Alpes with 23 MW. The remaining eight regions, most of which are located in northern and central France, collectively accounted for just 17 MW.

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In the first round of the tender, which was concluded in April, the authorities selected 361 projects, or 150 MW of capacity. The government expects developers to install 1,45 GW of PV through the three-year tender, which is open to rooftop PV systems installed on buildings, greenhouses, agricultural facilities and carports.

The tender will have nine separate windows in which to submit proposals. The first window closed in early March of this year, while the deadline for the final window will be November 4, 2019. The deadline to submit project proposals for the next round is November 6, 2017.

France had a cumulative installed PV capacity of approximately 7.4 GW by the end of June. The country aims to build up to 10.2 GW of solar by 2018 and 20.2 GW by 2023.

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