France registers record solar peak on Friday

Neoen's Cestas solar park. Photo by: Neoen (www.neoen.com).

April 15 (Renewables Now) - Solar power generation in France reached a record-high level in the early afternoon on Friday, meeting 10.7% of overall electricity demand, power grid operator RTE said.

RTE tweeted that the country’s solar output was 6,371 MW at 1345 local time on April 12. A month earlier, on March 14, peak wind power production in France reached a new record at 12,323 MW.

According to live data by the transmission system operator (TSO), the share of solar power in total generation on Friday was 3.3% with 49,948 MWh produced, while wind turbines generated 93,259 MWh or 6.15% of the mix.

Statistics released by the French energy ministry’s Department of Data and Statistical Studies (SDES) show that France added 862 MW of fresh solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity in 2018 and lifted its cumulative installed capacity to 8,917 MW from 8,062 MW a year before.

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