February 10 (Renewables Now) - France has selected around 150 MW of projects in its ninth tender for solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity at average prices that were slightly lower than the ones in the previous round.
The tender targeted commercial and industrial projects with capacities of between 100 kW and 8 MW and selected 306 schemes in two categories, the Ministry of Ecological and Solidarity Transition said on Thursday. In round eight, 268 of projects with a combined capacity of 129.4 MW were awarded in the same two windows.
The first category, which was open for proposals of between 100 kW and 500 kW, attracted bids with a final average price of EUR 96.49 (USD 105.66) per MWh, as compared to 97.48/MWh in the eight procurement round. The average price for 500 kW-8 MW installations, meanwhile, declined to EUR 86.17/MWh from EUR 86.54/MWh.
The largest number of selected projects in the bidding round had capacities of less than 300 kW. The largest project is for a 7.5-MW plant proposed by Technique Solaire Invest 41 in Charente - Maritime department.
The full list of selected bidders and project details are available on the Ministry’s website: https://www.ecologique-solidaire.gouv.fr/sites/default/files/Laur%C3%A9ats%20de%20la%20neuvi%C3%A8me%20p%C3%A9riode%20de%20l%27appel%20d%27offres%20PV%20sur%20b%C3%A2timent.pdf
France previously said it plans to hold tenders for over 2 GW of solar projects, both rooftop and ground-mounted, in 2020 to support the national goal for between 35.6 GW and 44.5 GW of installed capacity in 2028.
(EUR 1.0 = USD 1.095)