France has launched a procurement round for 120MW of solar power.

The latest auction is for installations between 100kW and 250kW in size. Projects are judged not only on price but also by their carbon reduction potential.

The new capacity will be launched in three batches of 40MW with each batch available for a period of four months following consultation between the government and the industry. The first period begins on 22 May 2015 and the third and final block closes on 20 May 2016.

A revised methodology for assessing the impact of projects on reducing carbon has also been put in place, again as the result of a feedback from within the sector.  

The first deadline for bids is the 21 September 2015.

In November 2014 a tender for 400MW of projects over 250kW in size was launched.

France is targeting a 23% share of renewables by 2020. The country currently has what is set to be Europe's largest PV power plant in the works, a 300MW behemoth in the south-west of the country.

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