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France simplifies environmental permits for solar energy up to 1 MW – pv magazine International

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The French government has published in its Official Journal new provisions simplify the environmental approval procedure for photovoltaic projects with a capacity of up to 1 MW.

The new decree establishes that photovoltaic installations deployed on roofs or parking areas will no longer be subject to an environmental assessment. In addition, it stipulates that all photovoltaic systems with a capacity of up to 300 kW will be exempt from the requirement of a preliminary environmental assessment and that installations with a size ranging from 300 kW to 1 MW will be subject to a case-by-case environmental assessment. basic criterion.

Prior to these new rules, ground installations of 250 kW were systematically subject to environmental assessments, while installations on greenhouses and car park shades with a power equal to or greater than 250 kW were subject to this procedure at the case by case. – case by case.

According to the French solar association Enerplan, these new measures will accelerate the deployment of solar across the country.

“We hope these provisions will also help to simplify the permitting processes for agrivoltaic projects,” said Thomas Domblides, regional solar development manager at BayWa re. pv magazine France. “For example, for an agrivoltaic project replacing agricultural tunnels or on an anthropized area, an environmental impact study had to be systematically carried out for any project of more than 250 kWp, even in the absence of biodiversity.

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