EU approves French support for 7.5GW of renewables

The EU has approved four state aid schemes to support 7.5GW of renewable electricity production in France. The measures aim to help the country achieve its 2020 target of producing […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

The EU has approved four state aid schemes to support 7.5GW of renewable electricity production in France.

The measures aim to help the country achieve its 2020 target of producing 23% of its energy needs from clean sources, with developers to be chosen through a series of tenders.

A wind support scheme will support 3GW of additional capacity being installed over the next three years, taking the form of a premium on top of the market price to operators of medium to large-scale onshore installations.

This scheme has a provisional budget of €188 million (£166.8m) per year.

One scheme for solar support will provide a feed-in tariff for large-scale photovoltaic installations on buildings, with the other aiming to help install around 3GW of capacity for similar projects on the ground.

Together they have a planned annual budget of €232 million (£205.8m).

A final support scheme will offer €6 million (£5.3m) per year for 200MW of smaller scale solar and wind capacity.

The EU concluded the schemes don’t break state aid rules as they will boost the share of electricity produced from renewables without significantly distorting competition.