The entire capacity of an experimental mixed auction for wind and solar has been awarded to large-scale PV projects, the French Government announced. The average tariff price secured was €54.94/MWh.
A total of 16 solar projects have been awarded in a mixed energy auction in France, which saw large-scale PV competing against onshore wind for the first time. The aim of the auction was to test the relative competitiveness of the two technologies, said the government.
According to a statement issued, bids for the PV projects were more competitive than those for wind. Overall, 202.5 MW of capacity has been awarded for an average price of €54.94/MWh.
“The results of this call for tenders demonstrate both the very high competitiveness of solar power on the ground and the need to develop a balanced and diversified renewable electricity mix …” said Energy Minister François de Rugy.
In August, during the fourth – and latest – solar auction out of a total of six planned, the French government selected 103 solar projects worth 727.9 MWp. Here, the lowest tariff – an “all time low” – came in at €52.1/MWh.
Overall, France is aiming to install 4 GW of large-scale solar PV via six auctions.
Meanwhile, in the first six months of this year, the country’s solar market grew by 59%, mainly driven by large-scale solar. Cumulative installed PV power at the time had surpassed 8.5 GW. Despite the growth, it looks likely that the government’s 10.2 GW 2018 target will be missed.
Source PV Magazine