France will double the size of its tender for mid-sized photovoltaic (PV) power plants to 240 MW, the Ecology Ministry said on its website yesterday.

In spring, France announced that it will hold a tender for installations with installed capacity of 100 kWp to 250 kWp, a capacity that typically fits agriculture-related power plants, in three batches of 40 MW each.

Yesterday, the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy announced that it will double the size of each batch to 80 MW. The first tender will accept submissions by September 15, 2015. The second and the third tender will specifically focus on farm buildings installations.

Through the tender process France approved close to 600 solar power projects last year with the average price coming in at EUR 153.2 (USD 167.7) per MWh.

The ministry also doubled the price premium given to building-integrated PV installations of up to 100 kWp in capacity to 10%.

Earlier this week France adopted a law to set an ambitious target of sourcing 32% of its energy demand from renewables by 2030.

Photovoltaic power plants in France produced 5.5 TWh in 2014, marking an increase in output of 26% compared to 2013. Thus, solar power covered 1.2% of the national electricity demand in 2014, up from 0.9% a year earlier.

Derick Lila
Derick is a Clark University graduate—and Fulbright alumni with a Master's Degree in Environmental Science, and Policy. He has over a decade of solar industry research, marketing, and content strategy experience.

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