The average power price for large-scale solar PV tenders in France has fallen in the third round to its lowest level so far after it went up in round 2.
- France has awarded 73 MW of new solar capacity in a 70 MW tender for innovative PV projects
- These projects include floating solar panels, optimized forecasting software, solar greenhouses and bifacial modules
- Another 70 MW will be launched soon under the 210 MW innovative PV project plan, closing on Oct. 1, 2018
- 77 winners secured 508 MW in a large-scale PV capacity tender; the average winning price bids reached €61.60 ($75.45) per MWh
- The next round, closing on June 1, 2018, will see 720 MW tendered
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The French Ministry of Ecological and Solidarity Transition has awarded 73 MW of solar power capacity to 50 innovative projects in a 70 MW tendering process. This is the first time the country has auctioned capacity under an innovative projects category, with a total projected capacity of 210 MW to be awarded in three phases.
The average winning bid price in this tender was €80.70 ($98.84) per MWh. The innovative projects covered under this category include floating solar panels, optimized forecasting software, solar greenhouses and bifacial modules, among others.
France’s innovative category plan was launched in 2017. Another 70 MW tender in this category will close on Oct. 1, 2018. A detailed list of winners is available on the ministry’s website.
508 MW of large-scale PV auctioned
A total of 77 winners were awarded 508 MW of large-scale solar power capacity in a 500 MW tender. The category achieved an average price of €61.60 ($75.45) per MWh in the third round of tendering, with an overall target of adding 3 GW of large-scale PV capacity within 3 years. During the second round in July 2017, the ministry auctioned 507.6 MW to 77 developers for an average tariff of €63.90 ($78.27) per MWh (see France Awards 507 MW In Second PV Tender).
The first round concluded in March 2017 with 520 MW awarded for an average price of €62.50 ($76.55) per MWh (see France Awards 520 MW).
Among the large-scale winners, an average price of €55.30 ($67.73) per MWh was set for large installations between 5 and 17 MW. More than half of the projects awarded will be located on degraded land including brownfields, landfills and old quarries.
“I am pleased to see that the competitiveness of solar projects is more assertive at each stage of the call for tenders,” said state secretary Sébastien Lecornu. “In just a few years, the cost of ground-based solar power plants has been divided by 2 and almost by almost 3,” he added.
The next call for tenders for large-scale PV will be for 720 MW and will close on June 1, 2018.
France has shown promising growth during the past year, installing 887 MW of new PV capacity (see Europe Installed 8.61 GW PV In 2017).