Image: jphilipg, flickr From pv magazine France . France’s Ministry of Ecological and Solidarity Transition has published new solar installation statistics for the nine months to the end of September. The country added 707 MW of new PV capacity to the grid, bringing cumulative installations to 9.6 GW, with around 300 MW of the year’s new additions deployed in the third quarter alone. In the first three quarters of 2018, by comparison, new capacity additions were only slightly higher at 711 MW. More than half of the new capacity additions were projects above 250 kW in size, although in number these plants represented less than 1% of all newly connected projects. On the other hand, plants below 9 kW accounted for 86% of the total number of newly connected projects, while representing just 9% of newly installed capacity. The statistics also reveal that 5.7 GW of approved projects are sitting in the queue for grid-connection, including 1.5 GW of projects that have signed connection agreements – a figure that has increased by 27% since the beginning of the year. Geographical distribution France’s 9.64 GW solar fleet is broken down into 9.26 GW of projects at home and 391 MW […]


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