France brings live 500 MW of wind farms in H1

The Les Landes wind farm in France. Source: BayWa r.e. renewable energy GmbH

August 30 (Renewables Now) - France connected to its main power network 500 MW of wind turbine capacity in the first half of 2021, or 23% more than in the year-ago period, the latest government statistics show.

A total of 49 wind parks started feeding electricity into the grid, while 39 power plants with a combined capacity of 407 MW were brought online in the previous year. Installations with individual capacities of between 8 MW and 12 MW had the highest contribution and accounted for around 61% of the overall capacity that was put on steam in January-June.

Hauts-de-France and New Aquitaine were the regions with the highest installed capacity in the first half -- adding 151 MW and 95 MW, respectively.

The first-half deployments lifted France’s total installed wind turbine generation capacity to 18.310 MW. The total came at 17,810 MW a year earlier. The country’s wind parks produced 19.9 TWh of electricity in the first half of this year and were responsible for 8.2% of the national electricity consumption. The power output was 7% lower from a year before due to the less favourable weather conditions.

At the end of June, France had 14.4 GW of wind projects in the pipeline, of which 3.9 GW with grid-connection agreements in place.

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