Total Wins 20% of the Latest National Solar Tenders in France

Total has been awarded 67 MWp of solar projects representing 20% of the volumes awarded in the eighth period of national solar tenders called in France

Total, through Total Quadran, a wholly-owned affiliate dedicated to developing and producing renewable energy in France, was awarded 67 megawatt-peak (MWp) of solar projects representing 20 percent of the volumes awarded in the eighth period of the CRE (French Energy Regulatory Commission) call for tenders. With this win, Total is consolidating its position as France’s second-largest solar developer with 606 MW of projects in all the sections of the calls for tenders.

Most of the awarded sites will be developed on repurposed sites such as quarries and former industrial sites. Three of these projects are part of the solarisation program for Total Group sites.

“Total Quadran is proud to be among the leaders in renewable energies in France and to continue to perform in the calls for tenders of the French Energy Regulatory Commission. The results of the call for tenders are a good illustration of our ability to put together solid and competitive proposals in a competitive environment,” said Thierry Muller, General Manager of Total Quadran.

As part of its ambition to get to net-zero by 2050, Total is building a portfolio of activities in renewables and electricity that could account for up to 40 percent of its sales by 2050. By the end of 2020, Total’s gross power generation capacity worldwide will be around 12 gigawatts, including more than 7 gigawatts of renewable energy. With the objective of reaching 35 GW of production capacity from renewable sources by 2025, the firm stated that it will continue to expand its business to become one of the world leaders in renewable energies.

In April, we had reported that Toal had won more than 135 MW of solar projects during the latest round of tenders conducted by the French Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE). Out of an aggregate capacity won, Total secured 131 MW of capacity for ground-mounted solar parks, as well as 5.6 MW of solar in the French Overseas departments and collectivities.

More than half the capacities awarded fall under Total’s program to solarize its industrial facilities and reuse industrial brownfield sites, including:

The company’s (future) largest ground-mounted solar plant in France i.e. the 50 MWp solar plant in Valenciennes is the largest project awarded in the call for tenders and Total Quadran’s biggest solar plant to date. It will be installed on the company’s former refinery site that has been redeveloped by RETIA2. The solar plant will supply green electricity to nearly 32,000 people when it comes on stream in 2022.

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Ayush Verma

Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at saurenergy.com and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for iamrenew.com.

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