Sep 16, 2011 - The French government launched on Thursday a national tender for 450 MW photovoltaic (PV) installations on buildings and ground facilities.
The tender has been divided in seven lots, four of which concern innovative technologies which have good export prospects, namely concentrated solar power and energy storage in overseas departments and on the island of Corsica.
Candidates may submit their proposals until February 8, 2012. Winners will be selected on the basis of four criteria, namely price, environmental impact, industrial innovation and timing.
Currently, France has a PV capacity of more than 1,600 MW which have already been added to the national grid. Another 2,000 MW remain to be added.
The country is already in advance in achieving its targets as the governmental programme eyes an installed PV capacity of 1,100 MW at end-2012 and 5,400 MW in 2020.