French solar installers ramp up storage offerings


From pv magazine France

The French PV sector is one of the pioneering solar markets in Europe, market research firm EUPD Research says in the newly published 13th edition of its “Global PV Installer Monitor 2020/2021” report.

Nearly 1 GW of solar capacity was installed in 2020, making France the continent's fifth-largest PV market after Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and Poland. Cumulative solar installed capacity in France reached 10.9 GW at the end of 2020, while the French market benefited from additional slight growth year on year – a trend that has continued since 2017.

Last year, nearly 85% of new PV plants were installed in the residential segment (less than 9 kW), and represented around 11% of the total installed capacity in 2020. Over the past 12 months, a large proportion of French installers have started to include battery storage solutions in their portfolios.

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In 2019, the share was only 29%, but in 2020, almost three-quarters of the surveyed installers said that they offered storage systems to their customers. Around 19% of installers said they plan to include storage solutions by the end of 2021. Installers that do not offer storage systems have complained about high prices, training requirements, concerns about technological maturity, and the potential environmental impact of systems.

EUPD Research also lists the brands of modules, inverters and storage systems that installers have in their portfolios. It also discusses how and where they buy their components, and which brands they offer.

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