France supports photovoltaic development

Aug 31, 2021

France approves the new "Climate Law" including several measures to support the development of photovoltaics

Recently, the French "Climate and Resilience Act" was formally promulgated and published in the country's official gazette. The main purpose of the bill is to improve air quality in big cities, support building renovation, promote electric travel, protect urban green spaces and introduce more vegetarian food in restaurants. "This ambitious comprehensive regulation will imprint a permanent ecological mark on our development model," said Barbara Pompili, Minister of Ecological Transition, in a media release. "We are focusing on the next steps: the development of secondary legislation to implement the measures in the law in the daily lives of French people."

For the solar photovoltaic industry, there are several measures that may have a direct impact on project development in the next few years. These include the reduction of the cost of interconnection of photovoltaic systems with a scale of no more than 500kW and the solar energy supply of new buildings.

According to this bill, starting from January 1, 2023, new commercial and industrial buildings, as well as warehouses and hangars over 500m2, and office buildings over 1,000m2 must achieve 30% of the surface solar energy. Starting from January 1, 2024, a newly-built parking lot exceeding 500m2 must realize 50% of the surface solar energy. If there is a garage in the area, it should be 100%.

The bill also streamlines the authorization process required to install solar energy facilities on wasteland in coastal areas, and the possibility of initiating tenders for large-scale energy storage and hydrogen energy projects in French metropolises.

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