Microinverter firm Enphase Energy and Energy France Installation (EFI) have signed a 1,500 rooftop deal that could be an indicator of things to come in France.
Thermal regulations on residential buildings must not exceed 50kWh per square metre annually under the RT2012 requirements. The RT2020 legislation will also require all new buildings to generate some renewable power. Installations under the Enphase deal will comply with both.
The contract, with builder AST Groupe, covers 500 news homes in the Rhone-Alps Region to be built this year and another 1000 next year. All installs will include Enphase microinverters.
“When looking for smart solutions to meet the current French thermal regulation for new buildings, we determined solar PV to be the best option for this project,” said Sylvain Tur, deputy managing director, AST Groupe.
“The advanced solar technology from Enphase not only gives our customers the ability to save on energy bills, it also paves the way for the upcoming RT2020 thermal regulation where energy production from renewables becomes a systematic requirement of any new building,” added Tur.
France currently has around 4GW installed and a target of 5.4GW by 2020. An industry consortium has called for this to be extended to 25GW by 2025.
French renewables group Enerplan said the revolving door of energy ministers since President Hollande took over meant there had been no new policies to support solar for more than two years.