Year:2006 (last updated 2016)
Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:2006 (last updated 2016)
Date Amended:

2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016

Policy Type:Economic Instruments>Fiscal/financial incentives>Feed-in tariffs/premiums
Policy Target:Solar>Solar photovoltaic
Policy Sector:Electricity
Size of Plant Targeted:Small and Large
Agency:Ministry of Environment, Energy and the Sea
Legal References:Arrêté du 4 mars 2011 fixant les conditions d'achat de l'électricité produite par les installations utilisant l'énergie radiative du soleil telles que visées au 3° de l'article 2 du décret n° 2000-1196 du 6 décembre 2000

In March 2011 France adjusted its feed-in tariff system for electricity from solar PV plants. The support framework is now structured along two main systems: 

  • A feed-in tariff, adjusted every trimester, for building installation no bigger than 100 kW; and
  • Tenders for building installations larger than 100kW and ground mounted plants. 

In cases when solar PV installed capacity reaches or exceeds the fixed cap of 50 MW/quarter for residential and 200 MW/quarter for non-residential caps, tariffs will drop by 2.6% each quarter - about 10% annually- and less so if the installation rate slows down.

The 2006 tariffs will continue to apply to certain kinds of projects submitted in late 2009, before 11 January 2010, and certain small- and medium-sized projects in the agricultural sector.

As of July 2016: 

  • Building-integrated photovoltaic installations (BIPV) no larger than 9 kWc are entitled a EUR 0.246/kWh.
  • Simplified BIPV systems: EUR 0.133/kWh for plants no larger than 36kWc and EUR 0.126/kWc for plants between 36 and 100kWc.;
  • Panels must be safely installed parallel to the roof, and fulfil cover and staunchness requirements in order to be eligible for the support.
  • Until 30th of May 2016, there was also a feed-in-tariff at EUR 0.058/kWh for plants larger than 100 kWc. This tariff has been abandoned. The only way to develop plants larger than 100 kWc will be through a tender scheme.  
This record supersedes:Renewable Energy Feed-in Tariffs (III)

Last modified: Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:20:23 CEST