French solar capacity to nearly triple by 2023

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The amended draft decree was approved by the CSE, and now contains plans to boost onshore wind capacity from around 15,000MW end 2018 to up to 25,000 by 2023. Source: Flickr - solarknowledge

A French consultative industry body, the Conseil Superieur de l'Energie (CSE), has increased draft government targets for renewable energy.

The French government will publish the decree in a few weeks’ time, outlining ambitious renewable energy proposals that include solar capacity to nearly triple and onshore wind capacity to more than double by 2023. The energy law also stipulates that 40% of French power should come from a renewable source by 2030.

The amended draft decree was approved by the CSE, and now contains plans to boost onshore wind capacity from around 15,000MW end 2018 to up to 25,000 by 2023. For solar, targets increased from 10,200MW by end of 2018 to 30,000MW by end of 2023. In addition, modest targets for a few 100MW of other clean energy technologies such as geothermal electricity, biogas and floating offshore wind, were also approved.

“We were waiting for this instrument for months. In fact, it constitutes the roadmap renewable energy. It will enable to launch and sequence the future tenders for several major sectors of our industry, “said Jean-Louis Bal, president of the Renewable Energy Association, in a statement. 

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