Prices inch up in oversubscribed French tender

France awarded power deals to 20 projects with a combined capacity of 576MW, as average prices inched up to €66.50/MWh in the country's fourth onshore wind tender.

EDPR, Nordex, Boralex and Eurowatt were among the successful developers

Its ministry of ecological and solidarity transition selected wind farms developed by companies including EDPR, Nordex, Boralex and Eurowatt, as prices rose 5.5% from the €63/MWh average in the country’s last onshore wind tender earlier in the year.

Most of the successful projects will be built in the northern region of Hauts-de-Frane (nine projects, 189.7MW), followed by Grand-Est in the north-east (six sites for 314.325MW), Auvergne Rhone-Alpes (two projects, 37.8MW), Nouvelle-Aquitaine (two projects, 19.6MW), and Central-val de Loire (one project, 14.4MW).

Potential onshore wind developers have faced permitting roadblocks in France, resulting in previous auctions being undersubscribed. But the latest tender received bids for more than the 500MW targeted.

The government published a draft energy plan in January 2019 targeting 35.6GW of onshore capacity by 2028, up from about 15.8GW today, and planning a tender schedule for 1.6GW this year, 1.8GW in 2020, and 2GW annually from 2021.

Energy minister Elisabeth Borne announced the latest onshore wind tender results alongside a solar PV auction, in which 268 projects with a combined capacity of 129.4MW were successful, with an average price of €86.54MW for 500kW-8MW arrays.