French renewable energy firm Neoen has been awarded 180MW of solar and wind power capacity in the French Government’s technology-neutral call for tenders.

The auction process was supervised by France’s energy regulation commission, CRE.

Neoen said it was awarded the most capacity in the auction process, with the 180MW being split between 11 projects with capacities ranging from 12MW to 22.8MW.

The projects will be developed across various regions in the country in collaboration with local and national officials, landowners, farmers and other stakeholders.

Neoen won the Isle-sur-Marne and Morhange II solar projects, which are located in the Grand Est region and have a combined capacity of 42.1MWp.

Morhange II is an extension of Neoen’s solar photovoltaic (PV) farm. Construction works at the site are due to take place next year.

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The other nine farms that were awarded to the company are in Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Normandie, Grand Est, Bourgogne – Franche Comté and Pays de la Loire.

The nine wind assets have a combined capacity of 137.8MW. Neoen is the majority shareholder in each of them.

Once operational, the wind farms will have the capacity to generate 300GWh of clean energy a year.

The renewable project portfolio will also support France’s electricity grid during peak demand periods, especially in winter, when wind farms produce the most energy.

Neoen chairman and CEO Xavier Barbaro said: “This new win shows Neoen’s dynamism in the French market.

“It is a reward for having worked closely and relentlessly with local stakeholders since 2008.

“More than ever, Neoen is in a position to boost the share of renewables in France’s energy mix.

“Solar and wind power are the best vectors of the energy transition, both in our domestic market and around the world.”

In January this year, Neoen began early works on Goyder South Stage I, a 412MW wind farm in South Australia.