• 306 rooftop solar power projects with a combined capacity of 152 MW have been selected by the French government for state support under 10th auction round
  • Projects in the system range of 100 kW to 500 kW secured the average winning bid of €93.98 per MWh
  • Category with system sizes of between 500 kW and 8 MW had €83.06 per MWh as the average winning bid

The French Ministry of the Ecological and Inclusive Transition has adjudged a total of 306 solar power projects with a combined capacity of 152 MW as winners of the 10th round of its solar PV auction. The winners will be eligible for state subsidies under the country’s Multi-Year Energy Program (PPE).

This rooftop solar power capacity will be developed for commercial and industrial segments. The average winning bid for projects in the range of 100 kW to 500 kW was determined as €93.98 ($106) per MWh, while that for project range between 500 kW and 8 MW was €83.06 ($94) per MWh.

In the previous round, the average winning price for both the categories was €96.49 per MWh and €86.17 per MWh, respectively. Back then, in the 9th round, the ministry selected 306 projects for 150 MW aggregate capacity.

“As we enter a phase of gradual recovery in activity, we are continuing our discussions with the renewable energy sector to support it. To identify the obstacles to this recovery and to give visibility over the coming months must therefore be a structuring element of the future recovery plan the energy transition being both a challenge to be taken up collectively and an opportunity for our economy,” said Elisabeth Borne, the minister heading the Ecological and Inclusive Transition Ministry.

Selected projects will be built in the French regions of Auvergne-RhôneAlpes, Bourgogne-Franche-Comte, Bretagne, Centre-Vale-de-Loire, Grand-Est, Hauts-de-France, Île-de-France, Normandie, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Occitanie, Pays-de-la-Loire, and Provence-AlpesCôte-d’Azur. Complete list of winning projects is available on the ministry’s website.

The ministry also stated that it has granted additional delays to renewable energy developers for their project completion keeping in mind difficulties they may be facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.