France achieves record-high wind power installations in Q4 2017

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.