French solar power plants generate 3.8 TWh in H1 2016
France map of PV installed capacity end June 2016, Source: Ministry of Energy, All Rights reserved.
Photovoltaic (PV) power plants in France generated 3.8 TWh of electricity in the first half of 2016, marking a 12% increase on the year, statistic data of the energy ministry shows.
Solar power supplied 1.5% of the electricity demand in France over the period in review, slightly up from 1.4% achieved a year ago.
At the end of June, grid-connected PV capacity in France totalled 6,911 MW.
New projects with a total capacity of 336 MW joined the grid throughout the first six months of the year, down by 14% on the year and also the lowest half-year growth recorded since 2013.
Over two-thirds of the newly added capacity came from projects larger than 250 kWp in capacity. More details on the size of the new installations is given in the table below.
Cumulative at June 30, 2016
Below 3 kW
3 - 9 kW
9 - 36 kW
36 - 100 kW
100 - 250 kW
Over 250 kW
The south of France, more accurately the Aquitaine-Limousin-Poitou-Charentes and Languedoc-Roussillon-Midi-Pyrenees regions remain the two most attractive places in terms of PV projects with 85 MW and 115 MW installed from January till June, respectively.
Thus the former reached 1,680 MW of total capacity, while the latter hit 1,390 MW.
France had a pipeline of 21,634 PV power projects with a combined capacity of 2,141 MW at the end of June. Of these, 11,276 projects with a total capacity of 593 MW have already signed grid-connection contracts.