France Achieves 20 GW Solar Energy Milestone, Expands Capacity in Key Regions – BNN Breaking

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France has marked a significant milestone in its renewable energy journey by connecting approximately 955 MW of new photovoltaic (PV) systems to the grid in the last quarter of 2023, according to the Ministry of Ecological Transition. This surge in solar energy capacity brings the nation’s cumulative installed PV capacity to an impressive 20.0 GW by the end of December 2023, highlighting a clear commitment to sustainable energy sources.


Accelerated Growth in Solar Energy

The addition of 3.2 GW of new solar capacity in 2023 represents a notable increase from the 2.68 GW added in 2022 and 2.57 GW in 2021, showcasing France’s accelerating efforts in solar energy development. With the majority of the capacity, about 19.3 GW, located on the French mainland and the remainder distributed across the nation’s overseas territories and Corsica, France is diversifying its energy portfolio across various regions. The total capacity of solar projects awaiting grid connection has also seen a significant rise, reaching 22.4 GW, with 5.8 GW of these projects having preliminary connection agreements in place.

Regional Contributions to Solar Expansion


The regions of Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, and Grand Est have been particularly active in contributing to the national solar capacity, accounting for 48% of all newly connected capacity in the current year. These regions not only lead in terms of new connections but also represent over 53% of France’s total cumulative solar power capacity as of December 2023. This regional focus not only enhances local energy sustainability but also contributes to national energy security and independence.

Future Prospects and Challenges

As France continues to expand its solar energy infrastructure, the country faces the challenge of integrating this renewable energy into the national grid efficiently and sustainably. The significant queue of solar projects awaiting grid connection underscores the growing interest and investment in solar energy but also highlights the need for enhanced grid capacity and flexibility. With regions like Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, and Grand Est leading the way, France is poised to continue its trajectory towards achieving higher renewable energy targets.

France’s achievement of a 20 GW solar capacity milestone is not just a number; it represents the country’s steadfast commitment to reducing carbon emissions and transitioning towards a more sustainable energy future. As the nation looks forward to further expanding its solar energy capacity, the lessons learned and the successes achieved offer valuable insights for other countries aiming to increase their reliance on renewable energy sources.

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