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French solar installers ramp up storage offerings

The “Global PV Installer Monitor 2020/2021” reports shows that nearly two-thirds of French PV installers now integrate storage solutions into their product portfolios. EUPD Research said this is a clear sign that rising electricity prices and demand for electric vehicles are creating new business models.

Solar kit for gardens and balconies, from France

French start-up Ekwateur is offering a solar kit consisting of a 330 W panel, a micro-inverter, a metallic structure, a monitoring sensor, and a few cables.

Impact of solar on biodiversity in France

A newly published report looks at the impact of solar projects on biodiversity. It shows that the environmental consequences of solar tend to vary, depending on species and location.

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Engie exits storage business

The French energy company sold its 60.5% stake in Engie EPS to the Taiwan Cement Corporation for around €132 million.

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France publishes second-quarter FITs for PV systems up to 100 kW

The feed-in tariff granted reduces each quarter, in line with how much solar capacity was installed in the previous three-month period.

EDF bags PPA for 20 MW solar park from French railway operator

Construction on the solar plant is expected to begin this year. It will supply power to SNCF’s unit SNCF Energie over a 20-year period.

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REC postpones investment decision for 4 GW French solar factory to second quarter

The chosen location is Hambach, in the northeastern region of Moselle. The planned investment is €680 million.

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Hard times for french PV module maker Photowatt

According to French financial newspaper Les Echos, EDF, the main shareholder of PhotoWatt, is considering closing the production in Bourgoin-Jallieu. The Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes regional council is mobilizing to save the company and announces that a regional company may acquire the module manufacturer.

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France installed 973 MW of solar in 2020

The country’s cumulative installed PV power reached 10.9 GW as of the end of December. Last year, solar covered 2.9% of the nation’s electricity demand.

France allocates 451.9 MW in ninth tender for large scale PV

In the category for PV projects exceeding 5 MW, the final average price was €0.05338/kWh. The tender’s overall final average price, including smaller PV project categories, was 4.7% higher than in the previous procurement exercise.

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