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France: Fonds Chaleur Underperforms in Solar Thermal Sector

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 19, 2013

The French national support scheme Fonds Chaleur has had little effect on the solar thermal sector. Since the start of the programme in April 2009, only 5% of the total investments in approved projects have involved solar thermal technology according to a press release from the French Energy Ministry at the 11th of October 2012. The biomass sector – residential and non-residential - accounts for 56% of the total volume. The number of annually approved solar thermal projects has even been decreasing year after year. Whereas 404 solar thermal installations had received funding in 2010, Ademe only registered 224 systems in 2012. “In the current year, the number of approved projects in solar thermal is again smaller,” explains Michel Cairey-Remonnay, Programme Coordinator of Fonds Chaleur at Ademe, and adds that one of the reasons for the low demand is that “solar thermal technology is still too expensive”.
Source: Ademe

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