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France surpasses 15 GW of installed solar power

France’s installed PV capacity growth since 2012
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From pv magazine France

France’s Ministry of Ecological Transition has published new solar and wind statistics for the first six months of 2022. The figures show that the country reached a cumulative installed PV capacity of 15.1 GW at the end of June, with 14.5 GW of the total located in mainland France.

The ministry said new PV systems with a combined capacity of 1,098 MW were connected to the French grid in the first half of the year, from 1,534 MW a year earlier. About 607 MW of the total was deployed in the first quarter and 491 MW in the second quarter.

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Installations above 250 kW account for around 51% of the newly installed capacity. Installations below 9 kW in size represent 13% of the newly installed capacity. In the first half of the year, solar production reached 9.6 TWh, up 32% from the same period in 2021.

The regions of Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur accounted for 65% of all new capacity additions in the first six months of the year. They are the regions with the highest installed capacities, representing 66% of all cumulative power connected in France by the end of June.

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Source: pv magazine