France awarded 103 winners of 720 MW auction

The French Minister of Energy, Ecology and Sustainable Development (Ministère de la Transition Écologique et Solidaire) Nicolas Hulot has approved 103 large-scale solar projects totaling 720 MW in the 4th bidding round out of 6 of the country’s plan to deploy 3 GW of solar projects by 2020. The average bid price was €58.2 per MWh (5 percent lower than those registered in the previous round in July 2017). Larger facilities (5 to 30 MW) had bids around €52 per MWh.
More than 35 percent of the projects are located in the north of the country (including Centre-Val de Loire 85 MW; Hauts-de-France 77 MW). Nearly half of the projects are located in south-western France (23 projects totaling 169 MW in Nouvelle-Aquitaine and 25 projects totaling 157 MW in Occitanie).
Largest winner is French utility Engie, through its Engie Green, Langa and Compagnie Nationale du Rhône subsidiaries. The Group has won 25 photovoltaic projects with a combined capacity of nearly 230 MW. According to Engie, the selected projects have all been developed in consultation with local stakeholders and will, as a priority, use local suppliers. They will be set up only on non-agricultural land, for the most part degraded, thus allowing it to be rehabilitated and creating new activities. The Group has an installed solar capacity of 1,000 MW in France and target is to achieve 2.2 GW by 2021.
The next two auctions in France with a capacity of 850 MW will take place in 2018.
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