The French government has doubled the size of a solar tender from 400 to 800MW, claiming that bid prices for solar had now fallen to a similar level as wind power.
The tender for ground- or roof-mounted systems over 250kW had originally been set at 400MW, but as with a recent tender for mid-sized systems between 100-250kW arrays, it was doubled due to high demand and increased ambition as new French energy laws were passed.
The additional 400MW will be awarded to projects that submitted their bid before the June deadline. The energy and environment ministry revealed that for the first time, prices for solar electricity fell to the same level as onshore wind. Results will be revealed in the next few weeks.
According to a government statement offers for 2,000MW of capacity were submitted for 200MW of ground-mounted solar, with generally low prices offered by bidders. Projects cannot use agricultural land. Instead sites that rejuvanate contaminated land or industrial sites will be given favourable treatment.