French government publishes new FITs for rooftop PV installations up to 100 kW

After publishing the decree containing the FITs for rooftop PV projects up to 100 kW in Corsica and the overseas territories, France’s Ministry of the Environment, Energy and the Sea (MEMM) has now issued the decree (Arrêté du 9 mai 2017) providing the new FIT levels for the same kind of installations in the French mainland.

The scheme, which includes a FIT digression rate in accordance with the volumes of new installed capacity registered in each quarter, sees power generation remunerated through the FIT capped at 1,600 hours per year.

The decree also introduces a new distinction between projects that sell all their power output to the grid and projects only for self-consumption. Furthermore, the new provisions will also gradually eliminate the highest FIT granted to BIPV projects compared to installations with simplified roof integration by September 2018.

The European Commission approved the FIT scheme for residential and commercial PV in early May.  The EC highlighted that the French government hopes to install up to 2.1 GW of new PV capacity under the scheme.

France’s Parliament gave final passage to a law that regulates the installation of renewable energy systems for self-consumption in early March. At the time, the FIT was not confirmed, although the government said it was planning to provide an incentive for PV systems not exceeding 100 kW.