The French energy regulatory commission (CRE) has announced that 120MW of new solar capacity was connected in the country during the final quarter of 2013 and has confirmed the new tariffs for the first quarter of 2014.

According to CRE’s quarterly statistics, a total of 602MW of solar eligible for the country’s support mechanism was connected during 2013.

In the final quarter of 2013, from the 1 October to the 31 December, 41.36MW solar power plants applied to be integrated, and 78.9MW of solar power projects applied for simplified integration, adding a total of 120.26MW of new capacity. 

The new tariff rates are:

Installation Type

Power

01/01/14 to 03/31/14

BIPV

0-9kW

28.51 c €/kWh

Simplified BIPV

0-36 kW

14.54 c €/kWh

36-100 kW

13.81 c €/kWh

 Without integration or outside

above criteria or ground mounted

0-12MW

7.36 c €/kWh

Source: Enerplan

France announced a review of solar tariffs was scheduled, back in October 2013.

On the 7 January 2013 a cap of 20% was added to decreasing solar tariffs, effective as of 1 October 2013. 

Approximately 40% of new installations in 2013 came from middle-weight projects between 36kW and 100kW. Plants of 250kW or more made up almost a quarter of new installations as of June 2013.

According to the country’s grid operator Electricite Reseau Distribution France (ERDF), mainland France installed more than 3.33GW of solar power capacity, as of July 2013.

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