In total, 35 projects with a combined capacity of 749.3MW secured power deals.
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The most successful bids were made for projects in the northern departments of Somme, Marne, Pas-de-Calais, Aisne, and Yonne.
Single projects were also successful in Charente-Maritime, Côte-d'Or , Lozère, Vienne, Indre, Charente, Var, Ardennes, Puy de Dôme, Haute-Saône, Seine-Maritime, Meuse, Oise and Aube.
Boralex, EDP Renováveis, Nordex, Enertrag and Engie were among the successful developers.
France’s ecology ministry had initially planned to award power deals to 630MW of wind capacity, but increased this allocation “in view of the very competitive prices which were presented”.
The country’s first three onshore wind tenders were undersubscribed with potential developers facing permitting roadblocks.
However, France’s last two rounds have since been oversubscribed.
Earlier this week, the government adjusted its timetable for the country’s next onshore wind auction to help the regulator and bidders amid the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
Developers were initially due to submit bids for the full 750MW allocation on 1 July, but will now compete for 250MW in July, before bidding for 500MW in November.
Onshore wind and solar PV developers will also be given extensions to installation schedules so they are not penalised for delays caused by the pandemic.