December 5 (Renewables Now) - France has stepped up installation of new wind power plants with 500 MW added in the third quarter of 2017, according to official government statistics released on Monday.
A total of 1,019 MW new wind farms were installed over the first nine months of 2017, up by 23% compared with the same period in 2016. Thus, France had 12.9 GW of grid-connected installed wind power capacity at the end of September.
Wind power generation amounted to 15.5 TWh for January to September 2017, accounting for 4.5% of the overall electricity consumption in the country.
|Period||Number of wind farms||Capacity (in MW)|
|Total, at Sept 30, 2017||1,600||12,908|
The Grand Est region takes the top position in terms of overall capacity installed with 3,093 MW, just about a quarter of all wind farms in France and 181 MW of new capacity added since January. Hauts-de-France is the runner up with 234 MW added since the start of the year and a total of 2,990 MW up and running in the region at the end of September.
France had a pipeline of 689 onshore wind power projects with a combined capacity of 8,771 MW at the end of September. Of these, 23 projects with a total capacity of 2,812 MW have already signed grid-connection contracts and at least some of them will start feeding electricity to the grid in the coming quarters.
Offshore, the pipeline holds 10 projects with a combined capacity of 3,027 MW.