The national solar photovoltaic (PV) industry commissioned 2,034 MW of power plants in January-September, marking a 167 percent year-over-year increase. The period last year saw the commissioning of only 761 MW of solar parks. According to the Department of Data and Statistical Studies (SDES) of the French Ministry of Energy, the growth in deployments is attributed to the connection to the network of larger plants and the increase in the number of powered systems.
The bulk of new grid-connected solar farms were recorded in the northwestern regions of Aquitaine and Occitanie, which respectively accounted for 448 MW and 339 MW of total installed capacity.
Solar power generation in the first nine months of 2021 amounted to 12.5 TWh, down from 11.4 TWh a year earlier. Photovoltaics supplied 3.7% of the country’s electricity demand during the reference period.
Meanwhile, 70 wind farms totaling 726 MW started feeding the grid with electricity in January-September, 3% less than a year earlier. Around 60% of the capacities put into service during the first three quarters of the year came from installations between 8 MW and 12 MW. Hauts-de-France and Nouvelle-Aquitaine are the most powerful regions installed over the period with 213 MW and 129 MW respectively.
French wind farms produced 26.2 TWh of electricity in January-September and represented 7.7% of national electricity consumption. Power output was 6% lower than the previous year due to less favorable weather conditions.