Despite the feed-in tariff cuts in April, the French energy regulation commission (CRE) has released figures showing that installation requests have not stagnated over the last three quarters.

Applications filed between March 2011 and March 2012 represent a total combined capacity of 642MWp; three times more than originally planned, claims the CRE. This has been attributed to the fall in the cost of PV cells last year.

Last week, Enerplan entreated the new French administration to save the solar industry, offering the government a three-point plan.