Sep 4, 2014 - France installed 241 MW of fresh wind and 194 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity in the second quarter of 2014, according to preliminary estimates of the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy.
For comparison, the country’s newly-added wind and solar capacity in the January-March period amounted to 143 MW and 192 MW, respectively. In the second quarter of 2013, France constructed 118 MW of wind farms and put on stream 135 MW of solar systems.
In the first half of 2014, France brought online 384 MW of wind parks and 385 MW of solar plants. The overall, wind power facilities across the country generated over 9 TWh of electricity in the six months, up 19% in annual terms, being responsible for 3.8% of the country's total power. Meanwhile, the output of PV plants was 2.7 TWh, 27% more than in the year-ago period, accounting for more than 1% of France's total electricity production.
At the end of June, the country’s installed wind farm capacity stood at 8,592 MW, while solar was 5,095 MW.
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