EDF Targets 30 GW In France

France Could Look At More Than 50 GW Installed PV Capacity By 2035 As French Utility EDF Plans To Deploy 30 GW New Solar Power Capacity Between 2020 To 2035
08:04 AM (Beijing Time) - 13. December 2017
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EDF’s ambitious Solar Power Plan to add 30 GW PV by 2035 in France comes in addition to its wind and hydro power plans. The French utility will work together with public authorities to identify suitable parcels of land to build its solar facilities (Photo Credit: EDF)

Key Takeaways

  • French EDF Group plans to install in France 30 GW of new solar power capacity through its renewable energy arm EDF Energies Nouvelles
  • The targeted PV capacity is planned to come up between 2020 and 2035
  • EDF says it will pool in all its internal resources and involve industrial and financial partners to achieve this target
  • It will identify and use land from its portfolio of land assets, locations close to nuclear power plants, reconversion of industrial wasteland or dismantled sites, development of floating solar plants on hydroelectric sites
  • This plan would take France’s overall solar power deployment by the end of 2035 to over 50 GW when only added up to the French government’s plan

French energy company EDF Group has announced a massive target of 30 GW of new solar power capacity between 2020 and 2035 in its home country, which will be deployed by its renewable energy arm EDF Energies Nouvelles (EDF EN). This comes on top of its already announced plans for wind and hydro power capacity.

EDV’s solar target for France is around four times more than the country’s current solar power capacity which was 7.4 GW at the end of June 30 and reached 7.68 GW by the end of the third quarter of 2017 (see France Close To 8 GW Cumulative PV).

This plan would take France’s overall solar power deployment by the end of 2035 to over 50 GW when only added up to the French government’s plan, which foresees 20.2 GW of solar power capacity by 2023.

EDF Group’s Chairman and Chief Executive Jean-Bernard Lévy said the group will leverage all its resources to sustain a vigorous rate of expansion. EDF plans to identify and use land from its portfolio of land assets, locations close to nuclear power plants, reconversion of industrial wasteland or dismantled sites, development of floating solar plants on hydroelectric sites. It will also make use of its internal resources and involve industrial and financial partners. The management stated in a press conference that it will work together with public authorities to identify suitable parcels of land to construct new solar facilities.

The Solar Power Plan is of an unparalleled scale and marks a real turning point in EDF’s development of solar power capacity” said Lévy. Adding, “It is a concrete illustration of the goals outlined in the Group’s CAP 2030 strategy, which was initiated in 2015 and aim to double the Group’s installed renewable energy capacity by 2030.” He emphasized that ‘EDF now has a new roadmap in renewables for the next fifteen years.’

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