France plans to ramp up solar energy
Nov 18, 2008 - Reuters
France pledged on Monday to multiply by 400 the amount
of solar power used in the country in the next 12
years as part of its plan to double the share of renewables
in consumed energies to 23 percent by 2020.
French Environment and Enenrgy Minister Jean-Louis
Borloo presented a total of 50 measures to achieve
France's targets, including multiplying production
of geothermic power six-fold by installing heat pumps
in two million households.
"France's ambition is to play a leading role in
the technological revolution which is about to happen
in solar power," the environment ministry said in
The government said it would launch a tender by the
end of 2008 to build at least one solar power plant
for each of France's regions by 2011 with a combined
total capacity of 300 megawatts (MW).
An average nuclear reactor has a power capacity of
France, which relies largely on nuclear energy, has
lagged other EU member states such as Spain and Germany
when it comes to wind or sun-based energy sources.
France only has 24.5 MW of solar power switched to
Drastic simplification of red tape and abolishing
taxes when the size of solar panels did not exceed
30 square metres were also part of the plan, the ministry
The government would also launch a tender in December
to build power plants fuelled with biomass which would
have a total power capacity of 250 MW, it said.
Planning issues surrounding wind turbines would
be improved and the development of offshore wind power
would be facilitated through simpler procedures.
"The development of each energy source has to respect
the landscape, the cultural heritage, the quality
of the oxygen and water and biodiversity," Jean-Louis
(Reporting by Muriel Boselli) Keywords: FRANCE ENERGY/SOLAR
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