During the first 3 quarters of 2017, France installed 484 MW of new PV capacity, 4% up from the 465 MW added in the same period a year back, according to French Data and Statistics Office SDES.
- France added 12,758 new installations equal to 484 MW of new PV capacity during the first 3 quarters of 2017
- Cumulative solar power capacity of the country at the end of September 2017 was 7.68 GW
- Bulk of installed French PV capacity on Mainland - 7.3 GW, while overseas territories have only 386 MW
- Solar’s share in total French electricity consumption increased to 2% in the third quarter, as compared to 1.8% in the first half
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Cumulative installed PV capacity in France at the end of September 2017 was 7.68 GW. During the first 3 quarters of 2017, the European country installed 484 MW of new PV capacity, a little up from 465 MW added in the same period a year back. However, the number of installations dropped to 12,758, compared to 13,196 installations in 9M/2016. During the first 3 quarters, PV generated 7.2 TWh of clean energy, which is 6% lower than in the same period last year.
According to the statistics published by the French Department of Data and Statistical Studies (SDES), there was a 7% increase in connection requests between the second and third quarter of 2017.
Breaking it down to individual quarters, in Q1/2017 86 MW was added, followed by 209 MW in Q2/2017 and 189 MW in the third quarter. In Q3/2016, only 122 MW was installed.
The regions with the highest installed PV capacities in the country are located in the southern half of Mainland France, mainly in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine with 1,871 MW, Occitanie with 1,565 MW and Provence-Alpes-Côtes d’Azur with 1,073 MW.
French overseas territories have contributed 386 MW of the total installed capacity of 7,686 MW. The bulk – 7,300 MW – is based on mainland France.
Overall, PV’s share in the electricity consumption of the country increased to 2% in the third quarter, as compared to 1.8% in the first half.
France’s total installed PV capacity reached 7,134 MW by the end of 2016, after adding 559 MW adding during that year (see France Installed 559 MW PV In 2016).