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The French government has launched a 400MW request for proposals for PV projects larger than 250kW.

The tender has 50MW ring-fenced for projects in parking facilities below 4.5MW in size. There is a 150MW allocation for rooftop projects and 200MW of ground-mounted projects. The ground-mount allocation is split with 75MW of capacity for projects below 5MW and 125MW for plants more than 5MW but less than 12MW.

Interested parties have until 1 June 2015 to submit their application.

The Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy has set floor and ceiling prices for each category. Bids outside these parameters will be removed from the process. Final prices per MWh will be decided by a formula that takes into account highest and lowest bids in each category and each project's own ‘score’. The score is based on the price bid, environmental impact, carbon reduction potential, site rehabilitation, innovation and a bonus if planning permission is in place.

Earlier this month the department announced it had awarded 400MW of contracts to projects between 100-250kW.

A series of changes at the top of the ministry had hamstrung the solar rollout but the appointment of former presidential candidate Ségolène Royal appears to have brought some stability.

It recently emerged that France is to host what looks set to be Europe's largest PV power plant, a 300MW array in the south-west of the country.

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