France sets second-quarter FITs for rooftop solar systems

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French Energy Regulatory Commission the CRE has revealed this quarter’s feed-in tariff for rooftop PV systems with a generation capacity of up to 100 kW.

The FIT, which inversely rises or falls according to the amount of new capacity for which connection requests were received in the previous three-month period, is differentiated between system sizes and also between the French mainland and sunnier Corsica and overseas territories.

Only the largest sub-100 kW systems on the mainland have been adversely affected by the latest revision, with the FIT payment for 36-100 kW arrays falling by €0.0007/kWh to €0.1112/kWh. That reduction is expressed as a €0.7 fall per megawatt-hour by the CRE.

The payment for 9-36 kW systems is unaltered, at €0.1207, and the remuneration for systems in the up to 3 kW and 3-9 kW brackets actually rose by €0.0001/kWh, to €0.1873/kWh and €0.1592, respectively.

The results, delineated in megawatt-hours, are summarized in the CRE table reproduced below, which also reveals the net metering payments for excess power sold back to the grid – outlined in the bottom half of the graphic – remain unchanged.

 

It is a different story, however, in France’s non-interconnected regions, where FIT payments across all brackets were steeply reduced.

As the CRE table below illustrates, the Indian Ocean territory of Mayotte suffered the steepest decline, with a €0.0012/kWh fall in the FIT payment. France’s South American territory of Guiana saw a €0.0011 retreat and Corsica; the Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique; and the Indian Ocean outpost of Réunion all suffered a €0.001 fall in FITs for rooftop systems up to 100 kW in scale.