France map of PV installed capacity at end-June 2015, Source: French Energy Ministry
Photovoltaic (PV) power plants in France crossed the 6 GW threshold at the end of June 2015, statistic data of the energy ministry shows.
New projects with a total capacity of 382 MW joined the grid from January to June, lifting the overall PV installed capacity in the country to 6,046 MW. Over 60% of the newly added capacity came from projects larger than 250 kWp in capacity.
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Solar power output over the first six months of the year reached 3.2 TWh, marking a 17% year-on-year rise. Photovoltaics thus supplied 1.3% of the electricity demand in France over the period, a tick higher from 1.2 % achieved in the year-ago period.
France had a pipeline of 21,759 PV power projects with a combined capacity of 2,015 MW at the end of June. Of these, 12,780 projects with a total capacity of 797 MW have already signed grid-connection contracts.