From pv magazine France.
â€śWe want to make solar energy one of the pillars of the French electricity system,â€ť the nationâ€™s minister for the ecological and inclusive transition Ă‰lisabeth Borne stated as she announced three solar tenders. â€śWith these new tenders, we are giving ourselves the means to our ambition since they will increase the installed capacity by more than 20% â€“ for nearly 2 GW.â€ť
Two of the three tenders will be for ground-mounted PV plants. A first procurement exercise, planned for January, is expected to allocate around 850 MW of generation capacity and a second, for around 1 GW more solar, will be launched in July.
A tender for commercial and industrial rooftop PV systems, scheduled for February, is expected to assign around 300 MW of generation capacity in systems ranging in size from 200 kW to 8 MW.
The bidding terms of the three tenders will be published by French energy regulator the CRE in due course, the government said in a press release.
Franceâ€™s energy strategy â€“ the programmation pluriannuelle de lâ€™Ă©nergie published by the ministry in January â€“ outlined how much renewables capacity the government plans to tender up to 2025. The six-year solar program envisages 2.7 GW of new capacity this year and 2.9 GW annually for the next five years.