France’s Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME) has opened a tender for pilot offshore wind projects with floating turbines.
The tender was opened for submissions yesterday and will close on April 4, 2016.
Project proposals must be located in four designated areas at three French regions - Brittany, Languedoc-Roussillon et Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur. These four designated areas were announced by the Ministry for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy last month.
The call targets proposals for grid connected wind farms consisting of 3 to 6 floating turbines with a capacity of at least 5 MW per turbine. The projected operational life span of the power plants should be at least 15 to 20 years.
Investment support will be provided under the "Investments for the Future" programme (PIA), a ten-year plan launched in 2010 to support research and innovation in France, as well as through feed-in tariff mechanism.
Financing will cover the conception and development phase, all equipment related to construction of the facilities, including turbines, floating structures, anchor systems, electrical architecture and grid connection as well as operation and maintenance of the selected pilot projects.
Winning projects will also benefit from a long-term power purchase contract. The tariff will be determined prior to financing agreements and it will be universal to all projects selected in the tender.
Choose your newsletter by Renewables Now. Join for free!