Renewables reach 17.8% of French electricity consumption in 2015


France has been a leader in nuclear power, not renewables. However, under the leadership of François Hollande and his Socialist Party, the nation has embraced the language of the Energy Transition (Transition Énergétique).

This language has been backed up by a rediscovered commitment to renewable energy, and the results began to show in 2015 data published late last week by French grid operator RTE.

RTE reports that France added 895 MW of solar PV in 2015, which increased the nation’s installed capacity by 17% to 6.19 GW. PV generation increased 25%, and PV now meets 1.6% of French electricity demand.

Wind had a similarly good year, with a 23% increase in output. France still gets the bulk of its renewable energy from hydropower, but while hydropower output declined year-over-year in 2015, this did not offset the big gains in wind and PV generation.

RTE also notes that it is working on both the transmission and distribution grids to accommodate higher penetrations of renewable energy.

French Minister of Energy, Economy and Sustainable Development Ségolène Royal “welcomed” the growth in renewable energy, and has pledged to simplify administrative procedures, accelerate renewable energy tenders, and increase assistance to territories.

Royal additionally announced new collaborations with universities and research institutions towards the Transition Énergétique.

Popular content

This content is protected by copyright and may not be reused. If you want to cooperate with us and would like to reuse some of our content, please contact:


Related content

Elsewhere on pv magazine...

Leave a Reply

Please be mindful of our community standards.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

By submitting this form you agree to pv magazine using your data for the purposes of publishing your comment.

Your personal data will only be disclosed or otherwise transmitted to third parties for the purposes of spam filtering or if this is necessary for technical maintenance of the website. Any other transfer to third parties will not take place unless this is justified on the basis of applicable data protection regulations or if pv magazine is legally obliged to do so.

You may revoke this consent at any time with effect for the future, in which case your personal data will be deleted immediately. Otherwise, your data will be deleted if pv magazine has processed your request or the purpose of data storage is fulfilled.

Further information on data privacy can be found in our Data Protection Policy.