France hits 10 GW milestone

The country’s cumulative installed PV capacity reached 10.2 GW at the end of September. Newly installed capacity for the third quarter was 283 MW.

Total expands EV business

The French energy giant has acquired Charging Solutions, a recharging stations specialist, from German industrial group Viessmann. It has also won a tender by the municipal government of Paris to operate 2,300 EV charging points.

REC identifies location for 4 GW solar module factory in France

The French National Commission of Public Debate validated, on November 3, the launch of a public consultation on the project initiated by the Norwegian group REC. The chosen location is Hambach, in the northeastern region of Moselle. The planned investment is €680 million.

French alliance to build intelligent shade systems for agrivoltaics

French companies Ombrea and RES are partnering on the development of special PV shade systems for agrivoltaic projects. The devices will be equipped with artificial intelligence technologies to make them react to unfavorable weather conditions.


Non-stop worldwide PV-powered yacht race

The ninth edition of the Vendée Globe began on Nov. 8 from the French port of Sables-d’Olonne, for a complete world tour without stopovers or assistance. PV panel maker Solbian equipped several competitors with its flexible products.


Large scale PV project in Malawi gets financial support from African Trade Insurance Agency

The 37 MW PV project is part of Malawi’s action plan to free the country from its dependence on hydropower, which currently accounts for over 90% of its energy supply.

France at risk of losing 2 GW of solar capacity due to retroactive FIT cuts

The retroactive FIT cut proposed by the Ministry for the Ecological Transition has now reached the French parliament. Around 300 companies of the PV sector have asked the MPs to reject a measure that could destroy investor confidence for years.


French consortium wants to mobilize €1 billion for agrivoltaic projects

Sun’Agri and RGreen Invest have launched an initiative aimed at deploying around 300 agrivoltaic projects in France by 2025.


Engie EPS deploys ‘power-to-power’ hydrogen-based storage solution

Engie’s storage subsidiary has unveiled its hydrogen-based energy storage system, built with its proprietary technology, in Agkistro, Greece.

France launches tenders for hydrogen projects

The French authorities have launched two tenders for projects, in line with a new national plan to develop carbon-free hydrogen, announced Sept. 8.

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