December 4 (Renewables Now) - The French wind industry saw the commissioning of 806 MW of new capacity in the first nine months of 2019, government statistics show.
The new capacity additions were up by 5% as compared with the same period of 2018 when 770 MW of wind farms became operational. The increase led to an uptake in the country’s cumulative installed wind power capacity, which stood at 16,019 MW at the end of September, as per data released by the French government last week.
Deployments in the third-quarter alone totalled 175 MW.
France’s Hauts-de-France and Grand Est regions take the leading spots in terms of cumulative installed capacity, with 4,215 MW and 3,527 MW of wind farms, respectively. In the first nine months of 2019, those two regions added 226 MW and 132 MW of new turbine capacity.
Wind power generation in January-September amounted to 22.6 TWh, covering 6.6% of the overall electricity consumption in the country during the period. Production rose by 19% in annual terms thanks to the new power plants and the favourable weather conditions.
At the end of June, France had a pipeline of 12,400 MW, including 2,400 MW of projects that have already signed grid-connection contracts.