The results of France’s third call for tenders for innovative solar technology projects were published yesterday by the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE).
The regulator has allocated 146.2 MW of photovoltaic capacity to 47 projects within the framework of the procurement. The final average price was € 0.0815 / kWh.
UP Initiative focuses on agrivoltaics
Of the assigned projects, 31, totaling around 80 MW, concerned agrivoltaic installations. Most of these factories will be located in the south of France and, in particular, in the Occitanie region. The French agrivoltaic specialist Sun’Agri was the biggest winner of the call for tenders, with 22 projects with a total capacity of 58 MW.
“The results of this call for tenders confirm the public authorities’ interest in agrivoltaics as a flagship solution for adapting agriculture to climate change, and contribute to the development of a sector of excellence in France”, said Antoine Nogier, president and founder of Sun’Agri. “But this result also reflects the urgency to implement now solutions that improve agriculture and make it more resilient.”
As part of the second innovative photovoltaic call for tenders organized in April, CRE allocated 104 MW of production capacity through 39 projects, including around 40 MW from agrivoltaic projects. These systems will sell electricity at € 0.0828 / kWh on average.