France adds 88 MW of new PV in first quarter, weighs carbon footprint of future projects

first_imgFrance adds 88 MW of new PV in first quarter, weighs carbon footprint of future projectsFrance installed 88 MW of new PV capacity in the first quarter of the year. While it’s the lowest amount of solar capacity to be installed in the country since 2009, the French government is eager to increase PV while putting greater focus on the the carbon footprint and research and development impact of new projects. June 11, 2013 Ilias Tsagas Installations Markets Markets & Policy Share France installed 88 MW of new PV capacity in the first quarter of 2013, according to a report published last week by the French general office for sustainable development (CGDD).Cumulative PV capacity in France at the end of March reached reached 4.11 GW. This year’s first-quarter installations decreased by 76% compared to the first three months of 2012, when France added 370 MW of new PV.Likewise, in the first quarters of 2011 and 2010, France installed 364 MW and 111 MW of new PV, respectively, according to the CGDD report.This year’s first-quarter figure is the lowest since 2009. Nearly 84% of the newly added photovoltaic power between January and March of this year comes from small installations of up to 100 kW each. By contrast, the majority of new PV capacity in 2012 was commissioned through plants larger than 250 kW.The report also had some good news for the industry. About 18,000 PV projects totaling 552 MW, and for which interconnection agreements have been signed, are expected to go online in the coming months, CGDD reported.France’s geographic areas with the highest photovoltaic installations include the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, the Aquitaine and the Midi-Pyre?ne?es regions, where PV capacity at the end of March reached 538 MW, 435 MW and 426 MW, respectively.Responding to the the CGDD report, the French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy said the decrease in new photovoltaic and wind installations recorded in the first quarter of 2013 was the result of decisions taken by the previous government in late 2011 and early 2012 on the tariff and regulatory measures to support renewable energy.The new measures launched in January 2013, the French Ministry said, will produce positive results and strengthen business activity in the PV sector.Popular content The Hydrogen Stream: 20 MW green hydrogen plant in Finland, two Australian projects move forward Sergio Matalucci 20 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Storegga, Shell and Harbour Energy want to set up a 20 MW blue hydrogen production facility in the U.K. Australia’s Origin Energy wants to build a hy… Enabling aluminum in batteries Mark Hutchins 27 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Scientists in South Korea and the UK demonstrated a new cathode material for an aluminum-ion battery, which achieved impressive results in both speci… ITRPV: Large formats are here to stay Mark Hutchins 29 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The 2021 edition of the International Technology Roadmap for Photovoltaics (ITRPV) was published today by German engineering association VDMA. 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