The government of France has doubled the total capacity of one of its solar energy tenders from 120 megawatts (MW) up to 240 MW, according to recent reports. The tender in question is the solar tender for solar systems between 100 kilowatts (kW) and 250 kW in size.
The announcement means that all 3 of the divisions within that solar tender have been increased equally (doubled), from 40 MW up to 80 MW. It’s currently expected that the first of 3 expected rounds will be concluded in September — rounds 2 and 3 are expected to feature specific inclusions for the support of installations on agricultural buildings and land.
In addition to the doubling of the solar tender, price premiums on electricity sourced via solar photovoltaic (PV) setups lower than 100 kW in size have also been doubled — up to 10%, from 5%.
The new moves were accompanied by the government of the country passing various other energy laws. Some of those laws include the ramping up of the country’s carbon price targets — with the plan now being for those to hit €56 per tonne in the year 2020, and €100 per tonne in the year 2030. Current numbers rest at €14.50 per tonne — with an increase to €22 per tonne currently scheduled for next year. The new laws also include the passing of a levy on fossil fuel use.
The host to this year’s widely hyped UN Climate Summit also capped nuclear energy capacity at its current resting place of 63.2 gigawatts (GW) — effectively spelling the end of expansion, until governmental change anyway. In addition, the laws include a new target to create roughly 100,000 new jobs via “green growth” over the next 3 years.
According to the country’s energy & environment minister, Ségolène Royal, the new laws are the most advanced in Europe and will show France as a leader in the field when the upcoming UN Climate Summit arrives.
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