French PV market grows during Q3 2014, but new applications slow

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Data released by France’s Union of Solar Energy Professionals (Enerplan) shows that the nation installed 286 MW of solar PV during the third quarter of 2014. This is a 41% growth over a year prior and also an increase over the previous quarter.

PV plants larger than 1 MW made up more than 46% of the volume installed during the quarter, which fell from 62% a year prior. All told, Enerplan reports 5.16 GW of cumulative installations in France and its overseas territories. Nearly half of this capacity is in the four southern-most regions of continental France at 2.33 GW.

However, the queue of new projects has fallen 8.7% since the end of 2013 to 1.975 GW. New applications under the nation’s feed-in tariff are showing an even more serious decline, with a 15% fall in applications for projects under 9 kW, and applications for other projects under 100 kW falling 50% to only 12 MW.

The volume of requests for interconnection also fell 41% sequentially during the quarter to 177 MW.