Ever since the rooftop tender program was launched in France, there has been a consistent decline in average awarded tariffs, with prices in the third round reaching €85 ($101) per MWh.
- France has awarded 150 MW of rooftop PV tender capacity to 283 projects
- Occitanie region has bagged the highest amount of installations, with 99 projects and 65.6 MW of capacity to come
- The average price achieved in the tender was €85 ($101) per MWh, decreasing 9% from the previous tender
- The volume of the next round to be held in March 2018 will increase from 150 MW to 200 MW
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The French Ministry of Ecological and Solidarity Transition has announced the completion of the third rooftop PV tender round, awarding 150 MW to 283 new winners. The average tariff for this round was €85 ($101) per MWh. This is a 9% drop compared to the previous round’s results, which were announced in September 2017. The average back then was €88.40 ($105) per MWh. In the first round concluded in April 2017, the average price was €93.407 ($111) per MWh.
The scheme was launched in 2016 with tenders divided between nine application periods of 150 MW each, spread over a three-year period. Project capacity for these tenders is in the range of 500 kW to 8 MW.
Out of the 283 projects awarded, 99 will be located in the region of Occitanie with 65.6 MW of capacity, followed by Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur with 65 projects representing 30.7 MW of capacity. Third in line is Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, which has bagged 47 projects with a total capacity of 28.2 MW to be developed in the third round.
The ministry stated that around 40% of the winners are eligible for a bonus of €3 ($3.58) per MWh.
The list of winners can be viewed on the ministry’s website.
In December 2017, France announced that it will be increasing the volume of solar tenders it launched in 2016 to 2.45 GW annually, compared to the previous target of 1.45 GW (see France To Tender 2.45 GW PV Annually).
The increase is scheduled to take effect from March 2018 when rooftop installation tenders will be launched and in June 2018 when ground-mounted capacity will be tendered.
The volume of the next round to be held in March 2018 will increase from 150 MW to 200 MW.