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Support schemes for more than 7.5 renewable gigawatts in France

Staff Writer |
The European Commission has approved four schemes to support electricity production from onshore wind and solar on buildings and on the ground in France under EU state aid rules.

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The schemes will allow France to develop over 7 additional gigawatts in renewable energy.

These measures will help France achieve its 2020 target of producing 23% of its energy needs from renewable sources.

Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, responsible for competition policy, said: "The support schemes for medium and large-scale solar and for onshore wind power will help France in its transition to a low carbon, environmentally sustainable energy supply.

"The measures are completed by a technology-neutral tender which will stimulate competition between solar and wind installations, and will help the EU reach its environmental objectives."

The onshore wind scheme has a provisional budget of €188 million per year (or a total of €3.8 billion over 20 years) and the two solar schemes have a provisional budget of €232 million per year (or a total of €4.6 billion over 20 years).

The last scheme will support both onshore wind and solar installations, with a provisional budget of €6 million per year (or a total of €124 million over 20 years).

The beneficiaries of the aid will be selected through tenders to be organised between 2017 and 2020.


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