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France allocates 702 MW in tender for large-scale solar, final average prices reaches €58.2/MWh


France allocates 702 MW in tender for large-scale solar, final average prices reaches €58.2/MWh

In the fourth of six tenders totaling 3 GW planned for the utility-scale segment, the French government selected 103 solar projects. In the next two and final rounds, around 1.7 GW of additional solar capacity will be assigned.

The French Ministry for Ecological and Solidary Transition has announced it has 103 utility-scale solar projects with a combined capacity of 702 MW in the frame of the fourth of a series of six tenders for solar projects ranging in size from 500 kW to 17 MW.

The government said that tender’s final average price was €58.2/MWh, 5% lower compared to that of the third tender, in which around 500 MW was assigned and final average price was €61.6/MWh.

As for big solar parks with capacity between 5 MW and 17 MW, the ministry said that final average price in this round was around €52, while in the third round this price had reached €55.3/MWh.

Most of these PV projects will be developed in the southern regions of Nouvelle Aquitaine (168.6 MW), Occitanie (157.3 MW), Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur (79.5MW). The northern region of Centre-Val de Loire, however, had also a considerable share with around 84.8 MW of assigned capacity.

The second and first tenders of the series each assigned around 500 MW of solar capacity and concluded with a final average price of €62.5/MWh and €61.6/MWh, respectively.

Projects selected in the auction are entitled to receive a “complement de rénumeration” under the new incentive mechanism introduced with the Energy Transition for Green Growth Law in August 2015. Under this mechanism, PV plant owners do not sell power to EDF or other power providers as under the FIT mechanism, but to the electricity market. These, however, are also entitled to receive an ex post tariff complementing the sale of power to the market.

In the next two and last rounds, the government said, around 1.7 GW of additional solar power (850 MW in each round) will be allocated. This increase in volumes is the result of an initiative to the current government, which decide in December 2017 that the annual capacity to be allocated through the series of solar tenders launched by the French government in late 2016 had to be increased from 1.45 GW to 2.45 GW.

Source PV Magazine

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