French ground-mounted PV tender awards 339 MW, prices rise

Solar panels. Photo by: Neoen (www.neoen.com).

August 10 (Renewables Now) - France has awarded 339 MW of new capacity in its latest PPE2 tender for ground-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) projects, which called for 700 MW but ended up undersubscribed and saw an increase in the average proposed price.

The tender round was France’s second one under its new PPE2 programme, which seeks to allocate almost 29 GW of renewable power generation capacity through 2026. The French Ministry of Ecological Transition last week announced 38 winners in the second call.

The average price of the proposals stood at EUR 68.51 (USD 69.95) per MWh, up from EUR 58.84/MWh recorded in the initial tender, in which 71 projects were awarded.

In terms of capacity, the largest winner is a unit of Q Energy France, which bagged a 66-MW project in Lac des Longchamps. France’s Photosol, Neoen, Technique Solaire and Engie were also among the successful candidates. Grand-Est is the region with the greatest awarded capacity, where 36% of the project will be installed, consultancy Finegreen estimates.

The list of winners is available on the website of the ministry: https://www.ecologie.gouv.fr/sites/default/files/DGEC_Liste%20des%20laur%C3%A9ats%20AO%20PPE%202%20Sol%20T2.pdf

From the third PPE2 tender round, the capacity on offer will be 925 MW, with the ultimate target for ground-mounted solar PV installations through the programme set at 9.95 GW. The deadline for bidding as part of the third tender is November 30.

(EUR 1.0 = USD 1.021)

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