December 14 (SeeNews) - Levelised cost of electricity from wind farms in France stands at EUR 76 per MWh, says a joint study of Pöyry Managing Consultants and French wind industry body France Energie Eolienne published today.
The study is based on data from 78 wind farms or 1,200 MW of turbines installed in France since 2013, assuming 20 years of operation.
The cost for the generation of 1 MWh of wind power ranged between EUR 73 and EUR 81, depending on the full-load hours of operation of the turbines during the year. On average, investment costs (purchase of turbines, construction, project development, grid connection and financing) accounted for 60% of the total and operating costs made up the rest.
Until this year, all wind farms in France sold their electricity at a purchase price of EUR 82/MWh. From the start of 2017, all projects comprising more than 6 wind turbines will have to submit bids in tenders and final purchase price will be determined based on the outcome of the tender.
Smaller projects could still benefit from a feed-in tariff, based on market price plus premium, to be determined by the government. Leaning on its study, FEE will propose a purchase price of EUR 76/MWh for these.