France selects 306 rooftop solar projects during its last auction

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France selected 306 rooftop solar projects with a combined production capacity of 152 MW during the tenth series of auctions recently concluded

The Ministry of the Ecological and Inclusive Transition in France recently announced the winners of the tenth call for tenders for commercial and industrial photovoltaic roof systems with a production capacity ranging from 100 kW to 8 MW. A total of 306 solar projects with a combined production capacity of 152 MW were selected.

Results show that final average prices are lower than those recorded in the ninth auction cycle earlier this year. The projects will have an average final price of 93.98 EUR / MWh for production capacities between 100 kW and 500 kW, and 83.06 EUR / MWh for those whose capacities vary from 500 kW to 8 MW. In the ninth auction cycle, the final prices were 96.49 EUR / MWh for projects in the first category (100-500 kW) and 86.17 EUR / MWh for projects in the second category (500 kW – 8 MW).

According to the list of winners published recently by the ministry, most of the 306 projects have an installed power of less than 300 kW. To move to larger projects, 27 of the selected projects have a capacity greater than 1 MW, the largest project being a 6.9 MW system. Technique Solaire Invest, which also won several small projects, won the biggest project in the Dordogne.

The government has indicated that it will delay the start-up of projects as part of a recovery plan following the COVID-19 crisis. The country’s objective is to have up to 44.5 GW of cumulative installed photovoltaic capacity in 2028.

In April, we reported that the French energy major Total had won over 135 MW of solar projects during the last call for tenders led by the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE). The company won the tenders through Total Quadran, a 100% subsidiary dedicated to the development and production of renewable energy in France. Of the cumulative capacity gained, Total secured 131 MW of capacity for ground-based solar parks, as well as 5.6 MW of solar in the overseas departments and communities.



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