Agrivolaic will shine in France after presidential recognition – pv magazine France
President Emmanuel Macron has declared that agrivoltaics will become one of the main pillars of the French energy system. Xavier Daval, president of the French solar commission SER-Soler, spoke with pv magazine on the recognition of the role of integrated solar in agricultural production.
Solar integrated into agricultural production, or agrivoltaic, is set to play a major role in the development of solar power in France. The app received a special mention from President Emmanuel Macron when he announced his government’s proposed energy policy on February 10, which included a solar target of 100 GW by 2050.
Xavier Daval, president of the French solar commission, SER-Soler, said pv magazine that the recognition of agrivoltaic as one of the “three pillars” of solar development underlines its importance in the development of PV in the country.
“We have to understand that [in the 100 GW policy announcement] for the very first time, solar is identified as a solution,” said Daval. “Second, the president talked about agri-PV, he uses the word as the third pillar of solar, the three being rooftop, ground and agrivoltaic.”
Daval noted that the 100 GW solar goal should be viewed through the lens of it having been achieved during an election campaign. Along with the solar goal, Macron announced that the country would build six new EPR2-type nuclear reactors as part of the policy.
“The game is not over [for solar]Daval remarked. While the target of 100 GW by 2050 may seem impressive, it represents around 5 GW of annual installations, well below the ambition of other European countries.
“This sequence must be analyzed as part of a series included in the French presidential campaign,” he continued. “For me, the way I read the real dilemma that occurs in France between nuclear and renewable is the typical fight between the old and the modern, the glorious past of France against the uncertainty of intermittency. “
“Do we want to enter the unknown of the future and endorse renewable energies or do we want to recover France’s past? Unfortunately, I feel the latter is more appealing to the electorate audience.
However, alongside the reframing of solar as an energy solution for France and agrivoltaic as a particularly promising application, there were other bright spots in the announced policy, Daval noted. In particular, he said regulatory reform to accelerate the deployment of solar energy is a great benefit for the industry.
“He [Macron] talked about the administrative complexity that needs to be sorted out and the backlog we’ve been through not doing much. So there are very positive signals.
The first round of the French presidential election will take place on April 10.
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