“2023: A Turning Point for Electrical Renewable Energies with Saint-Brieuc Offshore Wind Farm and Photovoltaic Solar Projects Growth”

2023-05-31 10:54:31

With the connection of the Saint-Brieuc offshore wind farm and a drastic increase in the number of photovoltaic solar projects, the year 2023 begins under the sign of electrical renewable energies. Biogas production, meanwhile, is slipping.

Even though the law for the acceleration of renewable energies was only promulgated in March, the first quarter of the year 2023 already reflects the start of a real boost for electric renewables.

If the power of electricity solar photovoltaic connected increased by only one additional point (+ 4%) compared to the same quarter in 2022 (+ 3%), the wind power increased by 7%, against only 1% at the same time last year. As confirmed by the Statistical Data and Studies Service (Sdes) ​​of the Minister for Energy Transition, more than half of new connections (496 mgawatts, MW) are attributable to the second offshore wind farm in France, Saint-Brieuc. Note that although its complete connection is now taken into account, the company Ailes marines only installed the first wind turbine on 12 May.

This progression is also accompanied by a massive upward revision of the connections recorded in the previous quarter: 685 MW of photovoltaic energy, instead of the 605 MW initially estimated, and 649 MW of onshore wind energy (unheard of in a quarter since the last quarter of 2018), rather than the 428 MW previously expected. In addition, the attractiveness of the solar sector is reflected in a leap of more than 10,000 new projects under investigation in one quarter. By way of comparison, in addition to the 38 new installations of biomthane connected this quarter (+7% in three months), no new project seems to have joined the corresponding queue. The Sdes nevertheless indicates that six biomethane facilities excluding anaerobic digestion (synthetic methane obtained by pyrogasification) are planned for a capacity of 291 gigawatt hours per year. The slow decline in the production of electricity from biogas continues, meanwhile: out of nine projects that have left the queue since December 2022, only four have been connected at the start of 2023.

Article published on May 31, 2023

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