<p>&nbsp;</p> <p align="justify">Delphine Batho, Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, <strong>announced a series of measures expected to generate around &#8364;2 billion of investments in the construction of new <a title="" href="https://www.aderly.com/energie_solaire_environnement/solar-photovoltaic-energy,p,219,EN.jsp" target="_blank">solar </a>farms</strong>, doubling the target of new projects for 2013, rising from 500 to 1,000 megawatts (MW).</p> <p align="justify"><br>One of the main measures is <strong>the launch of call for tender for major installations of more than 250 Kilowatts Peak</strong> (KWp, i.e. the maximal power of an installation), in February or March 2013. The CRE (energy regulatory commission) has already started organizing the project. The tenders&nbsp;will cover 400 MW, half of which will be devoted to innovative technologies. <strong>A second call for tender will be launched during the year for large installations</strong>. The bidding process for medium-sized installations (100 to 250 KWp) will be simplified: there will be fewer calls for tenders (down from 4 per year to 3), but with the same annual target of 120 MW. Another specification is that the specifications will now take into account the carbon footprint of the panels used, knowing that panels made in Europe have a lower carbon footprint than imported ones. </p> <p align="justify"><br>For smaller installations also, the <strong>government announced a doubling of the annual target</strong>, from 200 to 400 MW. The prices offered by EDF utility company to purchase the electricity produced will be increased by 5% with a bonus of 5 to 10% if European-made equipment is used. As for the T5 rate reserved for isolated power stations, it will drop by 20%, as expected, but may benefit from a bonus of 10% for its &#8220;local&#8221; content.</p>