France to present itself as a leading solar growth market at Intersolar Europe

With 1,400 visitors, France finished in third place for international visitor numbers at Intersolar Europe 2016
With 1,400 visitors, France finished in third place for international visitor numbers at Intersolar Europe 2016

France is setting ambitious targets for a sustainable power supply. Calls for tender for photovoltaics from the government alone will result in new installations with a total capacity of 3 GW by 2019. And if things go the way the French government hopes, this is only the beginning.

The aim is to increase the share of renewables in the power supply from 19.5%, as it stands today, to 32% by 2030. This will see France becoming a leading solar market in Europe, the organizers of Intersolar Europe report. Hence, the exhibition is placing a particular focus on the exchange between the two countries.

 

French companies and research organizations will be presented

 

The French-German Office for Energy Transition (DFBEW), Business France and the National Solar Energy Institute (INES) are involved in a range of program events. Additionally, a number of French companies and research organizations will be presented at the Business France and INES shared booths.

France already had a strong presence at Intersolar Europe 2016: With 35 exhibitors, the country ranked third in terms of number of exhibitors after Germany and China. And with 1,400 visitors, France also finished in third place for international visitor numbers – just slightly behind Switzerland and Italy. This looks set to increase in 2017, Solar Promotion notes.

 

European PV market maintains its high standard; impulses from the French market

 

“With an expected deployment of around 7.1 gigawatts of photovoltaic capacity in 2016, the European market maintains its high standard and also demonstrates its continuing innovative strength in technology,” reads the press release. “The current impulses from the growing market in France are another important signal for the industry.”

The French government’s targets are ambitious and the market incentives laid out in the Energy Transition for Green Growth Act, passed around a year and a half ago, are increasingly beginning to take effect. The associated multi-year program plan sets the first intermediate targets for 2023. According to this, the portfolio of PV installations should more than triple by then, corresponding to an average deployment of 1.5 GW per year.

 

France invests in technological developments

 

In addition to market growth, France also plays an important role in Europe technologically. The country has been intensively driving forward the development of smart power grids and related technologies since 2008. France has invested more in the development of smart grids than any other country in Europe.

Intersolar Europe 2017 will take place from May 31–June 2 at Messe Muenchen (Munich, Germany).

 

2017-01-31 | Courtesy: Solar Promotion GmbH | solarserver.com © Heindl Server GmbH

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