France boosts biogas CHP and PV projects

The French government is to increase its feed-in tariffs for biogas installations and small photovoltaic (PV) systems.

The announcement was made on website of the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy and is part of an overall strategy for France to meet 32% of its energy demand by renewables by 2030.
French ecology ministry buildings
SeeNews reports that the feed-in tariff for electricity produced by combined heat and power installations running on biogas will be raised for both new and existing installations with a ministerial decree.

On a project basis, depending on individual size and feedstock used, the increase will be between 10 and 20%.

For example, a 300 kW anaerobic digestion unit that uses cow manure from approximately 200 cows will increase its annual income by between EUR 40,000 and EUR 50,000 ($44,400 - 55,500).

The ministry also doubled the price premium given to building-integrated solar PV installations of up to 100 kWp in capacity to 10%. For an installation with a capacity of 100 kWp the increase will earn an additional EUR 1,500 ($1,660) per year.

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