October 1 (Solar) – Fance’s fifth tender for rooftop solar power capacity has awarded 230 MW at an average price of EUR 76.8 (USD 89) per MWh, or 5% less than in the previous such tender.
Total of 392 projects were successful in the competitive selection, which targeted plants with capacities of between 100 kW and 8 MW, the Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition said on Thursday. About 40% of the winning projects are for solar systems on agricultural buildings.
A new record low of EUR 72.2/MWh has been reached for the price of solar power from larger systems. The biggest project in the list of winners, available here (https://www.ecologique-solidaire.gouv.fr/sites/default/files/2018.09.27_Laureats_5e_periode_ao_pv_sur_batiment.pdf), has a capacity of 7.7 MW.
In a separate statement on Monday, renewable power producer Amarenco said it has won 32 MW in the latest tender. Thus, it has 100 MW of capacity secured across the five consecutive calls for tenders in the solar-on-buildings. Amarenco’s rooftop projects are distributed across two development platforms, one of which established in partnership with Total Solar.
In December 2017, France lifted the volume of annual solar tenders by 1 GW to 2.45 GW as part of a plan to expand solar power development and achieve a 32% renewables share by 2030. Thus, the next competition under the three-year tender programme for solar capacity on buildings will award more capacity — 300 MW. The deadline is November 5.
Minister François de Rugy last week also announced the results of a separate tender for rooftop solar systems for own consumption. Total of 48 applications for a combined capacity of 20 MW have been successful. The average self-consumption rate of the winners is roughly 98%.
(EUR 1 = USD 1.16)