From pv magazine France
France's energy regulator, the CRE, has launched its 10th tender for the construction of utility-scale solar PV projects exceeding 500 kW in size. Bids must be submitted between June 14 and June 25, 2021.
The French authorities expect to allocate 450 MW for ground-mounted PV installations exceeding 5 MW in size, 180 MW for PV projects with an installed power of between 500 kW and 5 MW, and 70 MW for projects ranging from 500 kW to 10 MW, which will be built on parking shades.
The CRE specified that, if the number of eligible projects is greater than 700 MW, the allocated power may be increased to 1,000 MW: 650 MW, 250 MW, and 100 MW for the three categories, respectively.
Solar projects selected in the tender must comply with France's new regulation, which prioritizes projects relying on low-carbon emission PV modules. These rules set out that the projects selected in the CRE4 tenders must have a carbon footprint of less than a certain limit of kg CO2/kW. This can be calculated through a ‘simplified’ procedure, which has been designed by France’s Environment & Energy Management Agency (ADEME).
France is currently supporting large-scale solar PV through these CRE4 tenders and also via mixed wind-solar tenders.
*The article was updated on February 22 to reflect that the total capacity for the second PV project category is 250 MW and not 1,250 MW, as we previously reported.
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