The French government has announced it will launch a tender for 1.5 GW of ground-mounted solar and a second tender for 800 MW of rooftop capacity to compensate for the high failure rate in the third round of large-scale solar power plant tenders.
The French government will launch two new tenders to allocate 2.3 GW of solar capacity in June, according to two French renewable energy associations – Syndicat des energianergies renouvelables (SER) and Enerplan. In a joint statement, the two trade groups said they were satisfied with the government’s decision to launch an additional bidding round.
The authorities announced that the capacity will be divided into 1.5 GW procurement for land projects and 800 MW tender for rooftop installations. The new capacity compensates for the high failure rate of large solar plants in the previous tender, which had only seven winners, totaling 115 MW. The tender ended at an average final price of 82.23 euros ($89.73)/MWh.
Previous tenders for both ground and roof projects were also significantly undersubscribed.
Both organizations said that the next tender will support the development of the solar sector.
“(This) makes it possible to survive the failure of the (last) tender,” said Enerplan chairman Daniel Bour.