France has announced the winners of the nation’s latest round of renewable energy auctions, including 12 solar projects totalling just under 100MW of combined capacity commissioned to replace a decommissioned nuclear power plant. The latest round of winning tenders, representing around 1.7GW of wind and solar projects, was announced this week by the government alongside new measures to support developers struggling due to Covid-19, including extended commissioning deadlines. France’s minister of the ecological and inclusive transition, Elisabeth Borne, announced 288 PV and wind projects allocated through various recent auction rounds – a massive 253 of those being solar projects, ranging from large-scale PV farms, to “innovative PV” installations, and rooftop arrays. Of particular significance, 12 solar projects totalling 94.2MW of capacity were selected to be built at the Fessenheim nuclear power station in France’s Haut-Rhin department, which is in the process of being decommissioned – its second and last reactor will be shut down on June 30.
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