EDF promotes community solar projects for self-consumption in France

French energy giant Electricité de France (EDF) announced that its solar and renewable energy subsidiary EDF ENR will start offering solar solutions for joint-ownership associations, housing associations and all types of vertical housing groups that are interesting in producing their own electricity.

The new offer, named Notre Soleil & Nous, will add to the similar existing offer for residential customers Mon Soleil & Moi, which EDF ENR launched in the previous months. Both offers are expected to take advantage of the new regulation for self-consumption recently introduced by the French government.

EDF said it currently owns around 12% of the self-consumption market for individual homes. “The development of self-consumption is a significant challenge for energy transition and contributes to the advent of new decentralized consumption methods. This is an important area of development for the EDF Group, which offers its customers increasingly innovative and personalised products and services within the context of its Cap 2030 strategy”, said Antoine Cahuzac, the CEO of the company’s renewable energy unit EDF Energies Nouvelles.

Under France’s new rules for self-consumption, community solar projects may not exceed 100 kW. People living in a single block can share the power produced by a solar system thanks to a smart management solution. Residential and community PV projects developed under the new regulation are entitled to receive an investment bonus.