Solar is a radiant light and heat from the sun. Solar energy is the use of modern technology to produce electricity. According to the Reuters report, France sees 39% rise in solar energy generation in September to hit a high mark of 1.15 terawatt (TWh), this is a significant increase. There have to be platforms put in place to achieve such a milestone.
- A prolonged period of sunshine
According to the weather forecast, the indications were that Europe was experiencing a long period of sunshine. The geographical position of France was so critical in this as most nations experienced more periods of sunlight. First, in the northern parts of France, they experienced three hours of sunlight a day while the southern part was around five hours of scorching sun. If well harnessed this is likely to be the greatest contributing factor to the massive increase.
- Machinery and the technology
The country has seen a significant change in the solar industry over the past years. The solar energy in this country began back in 2008. The installation of the Photovoltaics has been increasing slowly until recently. In 2016, France was among the top five countries with most Photovoltaics and could produce up to 300MW. By the end of that year, the installed capacity was 7,165 MW that had the potential of producing up to 8790 GWh of power. With all these mechanisms already in place and then comes the prolonged spell of sunlight be rest assured that the amount of renewable electricity to be generated with solar panel batteries will automatically increase. Its course to 39% was all set.
- International support and motivation
There have been international alliances coming together to achieve certain goals by various heads of states. We look at the climate change conferences that have been taking place in France over the past few years. In 2016 the Prime minister of India and the President of France formed the International Solar Alliance (ISA) whose main objective was to look at the countries in the tropics and focus on promoting and enhancing the development of solar energy in this country. As a pilot phase France face France had to play the role to set the others in motion and by September 2018, we witnessed a whopping 39% increase in solar electricity. What a milestone.
France boasts of a large population and a manufacturing base that requires lots of electricity to run. Therefore, as a government, there was the need to subsides the nuclear electricity in the region to meet the growing demand. The hydroelectric power had declined due to the fewer amounts of water available, there was a need to look for alternatives to fill that gap. The increase can be attributed to such actions by the state.
Solar energy is one of the growing industries in the world today. Several states are fighting to protect the blue economy and France being a developed nation was not to be left behind. Its support of the investors in this sector plays a major role in shaping the success of such a big project. It is expected to grow at this pace up and until the year 2021.