France has revised its schedule for upcoming renewable energy auctions because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The government announced changes to the auction schedule, as well as to regulations to developers due to complete renewable energy projects under contracts awarded in earlier auction rounds, after revealing the results of its latest auction.
It said that the volumes due to be awarded in two onshore wind and ground-mounted solar tenders would be moved from July to November 2020, adding that companies affected by coronavirus restrictions would be given more time to complete projects.
“The progress of many renewable projects is currently disrupted, which is why I decided to grant additional delays for projects under construction and for the next tenders,” energy minister Elisabeth Bourne said in early April.
In the latest renewable energy auction, France awarded subsidies to over 1700 MW of capacity, including 749 MW of onshore wind at €62.90/MWh and 649 MW of ground-mounted solar at €62.11/MWh.
The wind tender was oversubscribed and the solar tender undersubscribed.
Winning onshore wind projects include the 25.2 MW Mont de Bezard 2 in the department of Marne and the 17.3 MW Extension Seuil de Bapaume in Pas-de-Calais, both being developed by Boralex.
Other project winners include EPDR’s 21 MW Ty Nevez Mouric in Cotes-d’Armor, the 30.8 MW Luce 1, being developed by Enertrag in Somme, and Engie’s 17.6 MW Chemin des Haguenets Sud in Oise.
Boralex’s PV projects, the 15.4 MW Peyrolles en Provence in the department of Bouches-du-Rhone and the 12.5 MW La Cle des Champs in Haute-Loire, were also among selected sites.