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France achieves new record peak generation of solar-produced electricity



France has achieved a new record peak generation of solar-produced electricity.

It stood at over 10.7GW, according to the electricity transmission system operator of France Réseau de Transport d'Électricité (RTE). It has been reported that solar power was responsible for 26% of France’s electricity on a day.

This has been possible as France has accelerated its solar power capacity in the past year.

As per France’s electricity network operator, it had connected more solar panels to the grid by the end of the third quarter of 2021 than during the whole of 2020, i.e. over 40,000.

With this addition, the number of connected solar panels is over 500,000 in the country with a total potential output of 11GW. As per the authorities, this is sufficient to power 2.9 million households.

“Enedis noted a big rise in connection requests in 2021, in particular for high-power installations, ground-mounted and floating solar plants in particular,” the company said in a statement.

Solar energy represents roughly 2.2% of electricity produced in the country.

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