- The French government to launch technology neutral energy tender
- The 200 MW capacity tender will have wind and solar vying to bag projects
- Ceiling for all projects is likely to be set at 18 MW per project
- This tech-neutral tender is in line with European Commission directive
- It will help bring down costs, reduce subsidies and increase competition
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At the behest of the European Commission, the Government of France has decided to hold a technology neutral call for a 200 MW energy tender in which wind and solar will compete with each other.
As reported by French financial newspaper Les Echos, Virginie Schwartz from the General Directorate for Energy and the Climate (DGEC) under the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development stated that the first tender with 200 MW capacity will for Mainland France. The ceiling per project will be 18 MW. Specifics for the tender are still being worked out in consultation with the European Commission.
The purpose behind holding joint auctions for wind and solar is to reduce costs, intensify competition and further reduction in public subsidies. Germany is planning such tenders as well. Another ask of the EC are cross-border tenders, which Germany and Denmark recently did in the form of pilot projects – and Germany plans to continue (see Germany To Continue Cross-Border Auctions)
As of now, France is tendering 3 GW of large scale solar power capacity in six auctions of 500 MW capacity each. Winners for the second auction were announced in July 2017 (see France Awards 507 MW In Second PV Tender).