October 12 (Renewables Now) - French oil and gas group Total SA (EPA:FP) said today its unit Total Solar and renewables developer Groupe Carre have won projects with a combined capacity of over 32 MW in France’s second tender round for solar installations on buildings.
The 70 projects secured by the duo represent almost 22% of the total capacity awarded in the tender, Total said.
The Ministry of Ecological and Solidarity-based Transition in France last month said there were 310 winners in the tender with 150 MW of total capacity. The average price proposed by winning projects in the 0.5 MWp-8 MWp category came in at EUR 88.4 (USD 104.7) per MWh.
“We see rooftop solutions as particularly suitable for the development of solar power in France: fast-track deployment, land protection, distributed power production and own consumption,” commented Julien Pouget, senior VP Renewables.
Apart from the installation of residential or commercial rooftop systems, Total is also involved in various segments of the photovoltaic (PV) value chain, including manufacturing of cells and modules. It owns 57% in US solar company SunPower (NASDAQ:SPWR), which is to deliver over 500 MW of solar panels for winners in various 2017 tenders, Total noted.
In September, the French energy major also agreed to acquire a 23% indirect stake in EREN Renewable Energy (EREN RE), which at the time had 650 MW of wind, solar and hydro capacity in operation or under construction globally.