France boosts tariffs for small biogas, PV projects

Solar panels near a biogas plant. Author: Mike Steinhoff. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic.

July 31 (SeeNews) - France will increase its feed-in tariffs for biogas installations and small photovoltaic (PV) systems, the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy said on its website yesterday.

The feed-in tariff for electricity produced by cogeneration installations running on biogas will be raised for both new and existing installations with a ministerial decree.

On a project basis, depending on individual size and feedstock used, the increase will be between 10 and 20%.

For example, a 300 kW anaerobic digestion unit that uses cow manure from approximately 200 cows will increase its annual income by between EUR 40,000 and EUR 50,000 (USD 44,400 - 55,500).

The ministry also doubled the price premium given to building-integrated PV installations of up to 100 kWp in capacity to 10%.

For an installation with a capacity of 100 kWp the increase will earn an additional EUR 1,500 (USD 1,660) per year.

The Ministry also decided to double the size of its tender for mid-sized photovoltaic (PV) power plants to 240 MW in three batches of 80 MW.

Last week France adopted a law to set an ambitious target of sourcing 32% of its energy demand from renewables by 2030.

(EUR 1 = USD 1.109)

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