France recorded its highest ever quarterly installations of new wind power plants with 627 MW added in the forth quarter of 2017, according to official government statistics released on Wednesday.
A total of 1,646 MW new wind farms were installed over the course of the year, up by 12% on the year. Thus, France had 13.4 GW of grid-connected wind power capacity at the end of December 2017, about 90% of the 15 GW target set for the end of 2018.
In terms of electricity generation, wind farms produced 22.6 TWh in 2017 (7.2 TWh just in Q4), up by 14% compared with 2016 and
supplying 4,7 % of the national electricity consumption.
France had a wind farm pipeline of 11.4 GW at the end of December, including 2.4 GW of projects that have already signed grid-connection contracts and at least some of them will start feeding electricity to the grid in the coming quarters.
Offshore, the pipeline holds 10 projects with a combined capacity of 3,023 MW.