Monday, 11 February 2013

Big increase in solar power generation in France
29 Jan 2013

The French Electricity Report was published last week by France's transmission system operator Reseau de Transport d'Electricite (RTE), and solar power generation has seen an increase by 66.7%, compared to 2011. In total, solar photovoltaic systems generated 4 TWh in 2012 In comparison with other types of energy, says the report, solar accounted for a relatively small proportion of France's overall power generation, with just 0.79% of France's electricity demand in 2012.

It adds that cumulative installed photovoltaic capacity in the country has now reached 3.5 GW, of which 1.022 GW were installed last year. Overall, the share of renewable energy in France's energy mix increased to 16.4%, which says RTE, is the highest value recorded for five years. Meanwhile, nuclear generation was said to be down by 3.8% compared with 2011. However, it still accounts for 74.8% of total energy generation.