RES, Voltalia unveil awards in French onshore wind tender

Molinons wind farm, located in Yonne.

June 17 (Renewables Now) - French Voltalia SA (EPA:VLTSA) and UK-based Renewable Energy Systems Ltd (RES) on Friday confirmed awards in France’s latest onshore wind tender, securing 24 MW and 57.3 MW, respectively.

The overall capacity of winning projects in the tender, France's third one for onshore wind, was 516 MW, with the average bid price of the proposals standing at EUR 63 (USD 70.7) per MWh. Successful projects will sign 20-year contracts for difference.

French renewable power producer Voltalia has won a 24-MW project, it said in a press release. Called the Argenteuil-sur-Armancon wind farm, it will be located in Yonne department, consisting of seven turbines. Once up and running, the plant will be able to generate electricity for around 20,000 local homes, Voltalia estimates.

The plant will be installed in proximity to Voltalia’s 22-MW Sarry wind farm, which is being constructed and is expected to be switched on by end-2019.

Separately, UK developer RES announced it has secured two projects in the tender round -- the 14.4-MW Bois de l'Aiguille in Aude and the 42.9-MW Haut Chemin 2 in Haute-Marne. Once completed, the wind farms will have a combined output of over 148 GWh, which will be enough to mee the demand of over 48,600 people.

(EUR 1.0 = USD 1.122)

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