April 3 (Renewables Now) - Neoen SA (EPA:NEOEN) announced today it has picked up 66 MWp of photovoltaic (PV) capacity in the ground-mounted solar category in the French government’s latest calls for tenders.
Outside of onshore wind and various other solar categories, the tender round approved some 649 MWp of capacity to be spread between 88 ground-mounted PV projects. Of these, Neoen’s six project proposals were successful, the French independent power producer (IPP) said.
Neoen will build its projects in the French departments of Charente-Maritime, Dordogne, Gard, Indre, Landes and Maine-et-Loire. The installed capacity of the resulting solar parks will range from 3 MWp to 28 MWp. Four of six projects will be constructed on degraded sites and contribute to their rehabilitation.
Neoen said it will own all these projects as part of its develop-to-own business model and take to crowdfunding to raise capital for two of them.
The new projects will be commissioned some time between the end of 2021 and early 2022, the firm added.
Since 2017, Neoen was awarded close to 350 MWp of solar projects in the government calls for tenders, with its submitted projects achieving a success rate of 97%, Neoen chairman and CEO Xavier Barbaro added.