The French government has set up two new task forces to improve grid-connection procedures and develop criteria for the next call for tenders.

French Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy Delphine Batho and Minister of Industrial Renewal Arnaud Montebourg met with 30 representatives of the country’s solar industry to discuss key issues facing the sector. 

This roundtable discussion focused on corporate finance, innovation, technology choices for the next call for tenders for systems over 100kW and structuring the PV value chain.

Batho insisted she would champion the country’s most competent solar companies and would work to secure financing for them.

In January, Batho announced new support measures to enable France to install 1GW of new PV capacity in 2013, doubling the previous target of 500MW.