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France unveils winners in 720-MW solar tender


France unveils winners in 720-MW solar tender

August 7 (Solar) – The French government on Monday announced it has selected 103 large-scale solar projects totalling 720 MW as winners in a tender with average price bids of EUR 58.2 (USD 67.3) per MWh.

The tender has brought down by 5% the average price for MWh as compared to the previous such auction, energy minister Nicolas Hulot said. The average price proposed by the winners with larger projects of between 5 MWp and 30 MWp was EUR 52 per MWh, which is a record low level for the country and is close to the market price.

Winning projects in the latest auction will deliver power generation capacity to meet the demand of around 100,000 homes annually. The largest portion of the awarded capacity is for projects in the New Aquitaine region, totalling 168.6 MW, while 157.3 MW of schemes were selected in Occitanie. Next in terms of capacity comes Center-Loire Valley with eight projects with a combined capacity of 84.8 MW.

More details are available in the table:

Region Projects Capacity (in MW)
Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes 14 69.4
Bourgogne-Franche-Comte 3 10.8
Bretagne 6 27.9
Centre-Val de Loire 8 84.8
Grand Est 6 49.2
Hauts-de-France 6 76.7
Nouvelle Aquitaine 23 168.6
Occitanie 25 157.3
Pays de la Loire 1 3.6
Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur 11 79.5

This is the fourth out of six tenders that should award 3 GW of photovoltaic (PV) projects over a three-year period. The next two rounds will be for 850 MW of capacity each.

(EUR 1.0 = USD 1.156)

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