The Ministry of Ecological Transition in France has released fresh solar and wind energy deployment data for the third quarter of 2021. The sector has installed solar power totalling 2,034 MW in the first nine months of 2021, compared to 761 MW in the same period of 2020.
The increase this year can be attributed to an increase in the number of connections as well as a high proportion of utility-scale solar installations. Around 65 per cent of the new connected power is from installations larger than 250 kW, which account for fewer than 1 per cent of all new connections. Small-scale installations of less than 9 kW account for about 83 per cent of newly connected devices and roughly 7 per cent of installed capacity. Since the beginning of 2021, the total capacity of queued solar projects with a grid-connection request has climbed by 18 per cent to 10.6 GW, including 3 GW with a signed connection agreement.
The country’s total installed solar capacity as of September 30, 2021 was 13,231 MW, with 12,583 MW in mainland France. Solar PV production has increased to 12.5 TWh since the beginning of 2021, compared to 11.4 TWh for the same period in 2020. Solar power generation accounts for 3.7 per cent of total electricity consumption in France, up from 3.5 per cent in the previous year.