French energy group Engie won tenders for 25 solar projects with a total capacity of nearly 230 megawatts (MW) in the latest solar tender round in France, according to a press release issued on Tuesday.
"As part of the fourth session of the fourth call for solar tenders organized by the Energy Regulatory Commission, CRE 4-4, Engie, through its Engie Green, Langa and Compagnie Nationale du Rhone subsidiaries, has won 25 photovoltaic projects in France, nearly 230 MW out of the 720 MW awarded," the statement read.
In a "new record of wins for the same operator," the group said it was placed top in the first four sessions of the CRE4 call for tenders with nearly 550 MW won in all, thereby "confirming its position as solar leader in France with already 1,000 MW of installed capacity".
"With an average price for this session of €52.1/MWh (on large ground-based power plants), Engie is demonstrating its ability to win highly competitive projects over the whole country (including Brittany, Vienne, Morbihan, Alsace) and in all families (with winning projects from 1 MW to 27 MW, for ground-based and canopy power plants)," the statement read.
According to the press release, a third of the capacity connected in France last year came from an Engie installation.
"To more firmly establish its leadership position, Engie is counting on strong organic growth as well as on targeted acquisitions," the statement said, adding Engie had in early June acquired the Breton company Langa "recognized for its know-how on roofs and ground-based plants".
The group’s target is to achieve 2.2 gigawatts (GW) of installed solar capacity in France by 2021.
According to the statement, Engie is also the No. 1 player in terrestrial wind power in France with more than 1,800 MW of installed capacity and a target of 3 gigawatts by 2021. It is also the primary alternative hydraulic power producer with over 3,800 MW installed at the end of 2017.
By Hale Turkes