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French solar tender allocates 858 MWp, prices go up

Solar panels. Photo by: Quadran (www.quadran.fr).

August 7 (Renewables Now) - France has selected projects totalling 858 MWp in its sixth tender for solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity under a plan that should award 3 GW over a three-year period.

The list of winners contains 107 projects, with the average price for all projects combined standing at EUR 64 (USD 71.8) per MWh, or 2% higher than in the previous round, the French Ministry of Ecological and Solidarity Transition announced on Monday. The average price proposed by the winners with projects larger than 5 MWp stood at EUR 59.5/MWh, while that for projects with capacities of between 500 kWp and 5 MWp was EUR 67.5/MWh. Installations on parking canopies secured an average price of EUR 88.3/MWh.

The full list of winners is available at: https://www.ecologique-solidaire.gouv.fr/sites/default/files/Liste%20des%20laur%C3%A9ats%20AO%20CRE4%20sol%20Tranche%206.pdf

The selected projects include proposals involving the installation of ground-mounted PV plants and systems on parking shades, with 44% of the facilities to be located outside the country’s four southern regions. More than half of the projects, or 58% to be specific, will be partly financed through crowdfunding, according to the press release.

The latest auction is set to boost the country’s solar PV capacity by almost 10%. Under its Multiannual Energy Programme, France aims to expand its installed solar capacity to a level ranging between 35.6 GW and 44.5 GW in 2028 from 9.1 GW now. France launched its PV programme in August 2016 with the goal to tender 3 GW throughout six 500-MW batches.

(EUR 1.0 = USD 1.121)

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