French PV industry demands urgent action to boost solar sector

12. September 2013 | Global PV markets, Markets & Trends | By:  Ilias Tsagas

Enerplan, the French union of solar energy professionals, is asking the French government to adopt new measures to revive the domestic solar sector following the recent publication of disappointing results.

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France saw a 73% decline in the first half of 2013 to 207 MW of solar PV capacity compared to a year ago.

The proposals made to the French government by Enerplan include the redesign of the solar PV support system and new tariffs for photovoltaic installations in buildings, also allowing for net metering. Enerplan also asked for a new tender to be launched before the end of 2013, aiming for 1000 MW installations per year.

The French general office for sustainable development (CGDD) published a recent report showing the nation installed only 207 MW of solar PV capacity during the first six months of 2013, a 73% decline from a year prior. This brings France to 4.26 GW of installed power from solar PV.

Enerplan says the so-called "emergency" measures announced by previous Energy Minister Delphine Batho in the fall of 2012 proved inadequate to revive the sector, thus, the necessity for new Energy Minister Philippe Martin to undertake new measures.

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James Wimberley

Thursday, 19.09.2013 18:23

The FITS are in line with Germany. The problem is red tape. The French grid monopoly, run by énarques impreganted with a centuries-ling tradition of statist centralisation, must be simply hostile to distributed solar as a threat to their ccntrol.

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