New Tenders For 2 GW Of Solar PV Projects

Author:Mr Louis-Narito Harada and Michelle T. Davies
Profession:Eversheds Sutherland

After announcing the construction of France's largest urban solar park in Toulouse (15 MW over 62 acres), the Minister of Ecological Transition has just announced the launch of new tender periods to develop 2 GW of photovoltaic solar energy.

This announcement is in line with the Multiannual Energy Plan (MEP) project, which aims at increasing photovoltaic solar energy power to 35.6 or even 44.5 GW by 2028, from the current 9.1 GW. These new periods should make it possible to "increase installed capacity by more than 20%", according to the Minister Elisabeth Borne.

Four periods have already been defined: for solar photovoltaic projects on buildings, a first period is planned on October 2019 for a power demand of 300 MW, and a second period for the same power demand is expected in February 2020. Ground-mounted solar photovoltaic projects are also covered by this announcement, since a call for tenders will be opened in January 2020 for a power demand of 850 MW, and another in June 2020 for 1 GW.

For ground-mounted installations (except parking PV shelters), the selection criteria are as follows : price (70%), carbon impact (21%) and environmental pertinence (9%, to encourage projects on "degraded lands": industrial wastelands, old carries or landfills, etc). Please note that the project must hold a planning permit already.

The winners of the tender will sign with EDF a feed-in-premium contract (or contract for difference) of 20 years. At the end of the previous and sixth period of tenders for ground-based solar photovoltaic projects, the average price awarded was 64 €/MWh (ie GBP 56.63/MWh), an increase of 2% compared to the last period.

For ground-mounted projects, the specifications, updated on September 5, 2019, are now available on the website of the Energy Regulatory Board. For projects on buildings, it is also online.


France: nouveaux appels d'offres pour 2 GW de projets solaires photovoltaïques

Après le lancement de la construction du plus grand parc solaire urbain en France, à Toulouse (15 MW sur 25 ha), la ministre de la Transition écologique vient d'annoncer le lancement de nouvelles périodes d'appels d'offres afin de développer 2 GW d'énergie solaire photovoltaïque.

Cette annonce s'inscrit dans la continuité du projet de Programmation Pluriannuelle de l'Energie (PPE), publié début 2019, dont l'un des objectifs...

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