Group unit EDF Energies Nouevells built the initial 5 MW Toucan project in partnership with the local municipal authorities in 2015. The Toucan 2 project was selected by French energy regulator CRE in an August tender for storage-backed PV projects above 100 kW in size. EDF EN said it expects to complete the second phase of the plant, as well as the storage systems, by the second half of 2018.
The solar tender in August was open to developers in Corsica, Guadeloupe, French Guyana, Martinique, Mayotte, and La Réunion, for rooftop PV projects ranging in size between 100 kW and 1.5 MW. Overall, the CRE awarded 109 projects, or 75 MW of capacity.
According to an initial list of selected developers, the French government has awarded FIT contracts for 67 storage-backed PV installations, ranging in size from 100 kW to 250 kW. The average FIT rate for the projects will be about €113.6 ($134.3)/MWh.
A second group of PV developers will receive an average FIT of €34.19 ($40.42)/MWh for rooftop arrays ranging in size from 250 kW to 1 MW. Those projects will all be built for self-consumption purposes.