The French government has given the go ahead to 103 new solar power projects. The Ministry of Ecology and Solidary Transition announced the news on Monday, which will bring forward an estimated 720 megawatts (MW) of new renewable power capacity. The latest approved bids are part of a new target set by the ministry to tender 2,450 MW of new solar energy each year. The department expects to tender two further rounds of 850MW each this year. So far, France has built a total of 8,300 MW in solar power and is looking to reach a total of 20,000 MW by 2023. A statement from the ministry, reported by the Reuters news agency, said that the latest tender saw average power prices of 58.2 euros, a 5 percent decline on a similar auction last year.
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French multinational electric utility company Engie has secured 25 photovoltaic projects, totalling 230MW, in an auction conducted by the French government. Engie has secured these contracts through its subsidiaries Engie Green, Langa and Compagnie Nationale du Rhône. The power plants will be set up on non-agricultural lands, for the most part degraded. This allows the land to be put in for good use. Engie France Renewables CEO Gwenaëlle Huet said: “With this new record, ENGIE is once again showing its great dynamism and leadership in this fast-growing sector. It is through concrete and tangible results that we will be able to respond to the major challenges of the energy transition and thereby contribute to harmonious progress in France.”
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