400 MW of solar capacity RFP launched by the French government

The French government on Thursday said it had issued a request for proposals (RfP) for 400 MW of additional solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in the 250 kW-plus category.

Half of the requested capacity is for ground-mounted solar plants. More specifically, the RfP is targeting 75 MW of projects below 5 MWp each and 125 MW of schemes of between 5 MWp and 12 MWp in size.

The government also seeks offers for 150 MW of rooftop installations and 50 MW to be deployed on parking sites. In the latter category, it will accept proposals with a size per array below 4.5 MWp.

Applications under the RfP are being accepted until June 1, 2015.

The move is part of the government’s plan to have the share of renewables in the country’s energy mix surpass 23% by 2020. This summer, France unveiled its next goal — it will aim to cover with renewable sources 32% of its total energy demand by 2030.

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