France announces winners of 200 MW tender for rooftop PV

France’s Ministry of the Ecological and Solidary Transition (MTES) has published the list of the 392 winning projects in the fourth round of its three-year tender for rooftop PV installations ranging in size from 100 kW to 8 MW.

Overall, the ministry has allocated around 200 MW of PV capacity in the tender, roughly 50 MW more than in the previous tender of this kind, which was held in January.

This increase is the result of an announcement made by Minister, Nicolas Hulot in December, when he said that the annual capacity to be allocated through the series of solar tenders, launched by the French government in late 2016, would be increased from 1.45 GW to 2.45 GW.

As for the latest tender, the government said that the final average price of all selected projects was €80.8/MWh, which is 5% down from the price of €85/MWh registered in January’s tender.

Most of the projects selected in the tender are commercial installations which have a power range of between 100 kW to 500 kW, although 38 projects exceeding 800 kW were also selected.

This kind of tender is open to rooftop PV systems installed on buildings, greenhouses, agricultural facilities and carports. It has nine separate windows in which to submit proposals. The fifth bidding round will be launched in June.