In order to accelerate the deployment of PV and to reach its 20.2 GW target by 2023, France increases its PV tender volume as of 2018.
France has announced that it will be increasing the volume of solar tenders it launched in 2016 from 1.45 GW annually to 2.45 GW
The increase will take effect gradually from March 2018 when the next rooftop installation tender will be launched and in June 2018 when ground mount capacity will be tendered
A 200 MW solar and wind power ‘experimental’ tender has also been launched to evaluate economic competitiveness of the two technologies
Last date to submit complete bids for the 200 MW technology-neutral tender is September 3, 2018
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French Minister of Ecological and Solidarity Transition Nicolas Hulot has increased the volume of solar tenders his country would launch every year by 1 GW. Now, instead of 1.45 GW annually for a period of three years, the ministry will increase the volume of solar tenders to 2.45 GW per year.
At the end of 2016, France launched solar power tenders to deploy ground mount as well as rooftop solar. For a period of three years, these tenders were supposed to cover volumes of 1.45 GW annually. A cumulative volume of 1 GW of ground mount solar projects and 300 MW of rooftop systems has already been allocated through tenders.
Now, to accelerate the development of PV and steer the nation to achieve its 20.2 GW of solar power target by the year 2023, the ministry is increasing the annual limit of solar tenders to 2.45 GW per year (see France Increases Solar Target).
This increase will take effect gradually from March 2018 for rooftop installations and in June 2018 for ground mount solar power plants.
Recently, French energy giant EDF announced its target of 30 GW installed solar power capacity in France by 2035. This additions alone would take the country’s cumulative PV capacity to over 50 GW (see EDF Targets 30 GW In France).
Hulot also announced the list of winners in the latest round of the self-consumption tender. A total of 145 projects were allocated with a capacity of 51 MW. These projects will sell clean power at €0.079 ($0.09) per kWh, a decrease of more than 70% compared to the 2016 tender in that category.
At the same time, the ministry also launched a 200 MW tender pitting wind and solar energy against each other. This ‘experimental’ call for tenders of this capacity will ‘evaluate the competitiveness between the photovoltaic sector on the ground and terrestrial wind’. Capacity per project is to be between 5 MW and 18 MW. Projects will be selected on the basis of economic competitiveness. Submission deadline is September 3, 2018.