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France is a French speaking country located in Western Europe with an area of about 543,965  km2 and a population of 67.3 million. Paris is the capital and has a population of 2.2 million and is considered the most populous urban area in the European Union. As a developed country, the French economy is diversified and leading industries are tourism, manufacturing and pharmaceuticals.

France has a significantly low-carbon electricity mix due to 75 % reliance on nuclear power. Electricity from renewables and fossil fuels comprise smaller shares. According to the Multiannual Energy Programme published by the French government in November 2018, it is looking to diversify the energy mix and is targeting a fivefold increase in solar photovoltaic energy by 2030. The government will also increase its annual expenditure from €5 billion to €8 billion by 2028, amounting to €71 billion in total to support renewable energy over the next 10 years.

According to the government's new energy strategy published for consultation in January 2019 – "the Programmation pluriannuelle de'lenergie", the envisaged six-year solar tender program will allocate 2.7 GW this year, and 2.9 GW per year for the next five years. This year, two tenders for ground mounted solar will be held in the second and fourth quarters, with an expected assigned capacity of 800 MW and 1 GW, respectively. Rooftop solar will have three tenders in the first three quarters, with an assigned capacity of 300 MW each. The strategy envisages solar reaching an installed capacity of 20 GW by 2024 – 11.6 GW ground-mounted and 9 GW rooftop – and between 35.6 GW, in the worst-case scenario, and 44.5 GW by the end of 2029.

Insolation levels in France range from 3 sun hours/day in the north to 5 sun hours/day in the south. Three regions in France have a solar generating capacity of over 1.2 GW: New Aquitaine, Occitanie and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur.These regions represent more than 62 % of the French installed base, which can be explained by their geographic location in the southernmost part of France and have good solar coverage. The Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region is experiencing the strongest annual change, with an increase of over 19 % in installed capacity. As of December 2018, the total installed capacity of solar parks was 8,527 MW and produced 10.2 TWh of solar energy. This capacity achieved the 2018 EPP target of 10,200 MW by 84 %.

The government provides fiscal incentives in the form of feed-in-tariffs and premium tariffs for electricity from solar energy. Tax benefits and reduced VAT rates are also available for PV installations. As of 2017, France received USD 1.4 billion in investments in the solar sector.


NFP Details: 

Ms. Nastassja Hoffet

Environment and Climate Department Directorate for Sustainable Development

Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs

Programmes internationaux

Tel: +33 6 67 86 09 60


Photovoltaic Map: 
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France changes tender rules for innovative PV

The French government has published new rules for tenders assigning a fixed tariff to solar projects that use innovative technologies such as new cells and modules among others.

Webpage/Web Article

France to tender 17.2 GW of solar up to 2025

In the new energy strategy, the government specifies the amount that will be allocated annually in tenders for ground-mount and rooftop PV projects over the next six years.




ENEDIS manages the public electricity distribution network for 95% of continental France.

Available in multiple languages: English | French

Syndicat des Energies Renouvelables (SER)

Le SER a pour mission de développer la part des énergies renouvelables dans la production énergétique du pays et de promouvoir les intérêts des industriels et professionnels français du secteur.


Électricité de France (EDF)

The state-controlled electric utility, EDF, produces, transmits, distributes, imports and exports electricity in France. 

Available in multiple languages: English | French


Legal/Regulatory Document

2018 Electricity Balance Sheet

The RTE prepares and publishes an electrical assessment on a yearly basis, which draws up a global vision of the electrical system in France.

Available in multiple languages: English | French
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The Big Investment Plan 2018-2022

The Big Investment Plan worth 57 billion euros will be implemented throughout the current five-year term to support structural reforms and respond to four major challenges facing France: carbon neutrality, access to employment, competitiveness through innovation and the Digital State.

Webpage/Web Article

Multiannual Energy Programme, 2018

The Multiannual Energy Programme (PPE) presents the trajectory to be followed over the next ten years in terms of energy policy and ecological transition.


Agence des participations de l'Etat (APE)

The State Investment Agency (APE)  embodies the State shareholder, an equity investor in companies considered strategic by the State, to stabilize their capital or assist them in their development or transformation.


IRENA RE Resource

IRENA website for renewable energy  resources in France


Solar GIS

Website showing solar resource in France


Marchés Publics dans le secteur du Solaire

France Marchés publishes public tenders from more than 300 regional press newspapers, the Official Journal of the European Union and more than 1,000 public buyer sites.


Appels d'Offres de la CRE

This webpage lists tenders for the electricity and power sectors including Solar. 


Energy Policies of IEA Countries: France 2016 Review

This report analyses the energy policy challenges facing France and provides recommendations for further policy improvements. It is intended to help guide the country towards a more secure, sustainable and affordable energy future.