February 11 (Renewables Now) - Renewables had a 23% share in total power consumption in mainland France in 2019, just slightly up from the previous year's 22.9%, driven by the increase in wind power capacity and output levels.
According to the latest power report co-authored by French grip operators RTE and Enedis with other industry professional associations, France installed 1,361 MW of wind over the year to reach 16,494 MW on December 31.
Wind farms generated 34.1 TWh, boosting production by 21.3% year-on-year and recording an overall annual share of 7.2%.
The country had a 9,436-MW-strong solar park fleet at the end of 2019 after connecting 890 MW of new capacity. Solar power production rose by 7.8% year-on-year to 11.6 TWh, accounting for a 2.5% share in the annual consumption.
Renewable hydropower plants (HPPs) injected 55.5 TWh, a 12% drop compared to 2018 levels despite a production spike in the fourth quarter. After 21 MW of new hydro installations, France boasted 25,557 MW at year’s end. Hydro succeeded in covering 11.7% of consumption needs.
Lastly, the bioenergy industry reached 2,122 MW of the total installed capacity, with 75 MW installed over the year. Bioenergy power plants that use renewable feedstock generated 7.7 TWh, up 3.4% on the year, covering 1.6% of the consumption.