France issues tender for small hydropower development

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The French government has issued a tender for the design and installation of small hydroelectric plants on existing infrastructure.

The call is a response to the country's renewable energy transition goals, which call for 23% of France's power to come from renewables by 2020 and 32% by 2030.

"To meet this objective, the potential remaining mature sectors must be mobilized, and in particular, that of hydropower," the government said in bidding documents. "To promote the development of hydropower, in accordance with European guidelines on state aid in the field of energy and environment, regular tenders will be organized in the field of small hydro."

Bidding will be offered in multiple lots, with categories determined by output capacity. Tender documents specify small hydropower projects ranging in size from 25 kW up to several MW.

In all, the tender looks to increase France's small hydro capacity by a total of about 60 MW.

Bidding documents are available for download here, with responses due in about seven months.

For more small hydropower news, visit here.

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