In France, a new record was set in the second quarter as renewables covered 33.2 % of the electricity consumption. The previous peak was reached in the second quarter of 2018 as renewables covered 30.7% of the electricity mix, according to grid operator RTE.
Solar PV also set a record in the second quarter 2020! Solar PV installations in France covered then 4.8% of electricity consumption. Solar PV production reached 4.5 TWh, 11.5% higher than in the same quarter last year.
Renewable energy capacity grew steadily last year in France. 2,451 MW were added over the last year and total renewable energy capacity reached 54,690 MW last June, according to RTE.
As part of the response to the Covid 19 there has been a boost of renewable energy in the world. The European Union recently announced more efforts in the short term to accelerate the reduction of CO2 emissions as well as new mechanisms to support the deployment of renewable energy.
In France, renewable energy targets anticipate significant growth. For solar PV, current target is of 20,100 MW in 2023, which would mean doubling the current capacity.