"In France, solar just got a huge boost from new legislation approved through
the Senate this week that will require all parking lots with spaces for at
least 80 vehicles – both existing and new – to be covered by solar panels.
The new provisions are part of French president Emmanuel Macron’s large-scale
plan to heavily invest in renewables, which aims to multiply by 10 the amount
of solar energy produced in the country, and to double the power from
land-based wind farms.
Starting July 1, 2023, smaller carparks that have between 80 and 400 spaces
will have five years to be in compliance with the new measures. Carparks with
more than 400 spaces have a shorter timeline: They will need to comply with the
new measures within three years of this date, and at least half of the surface
area of the parking lot will need to be covered in solar panels.
According to the government, this plan, which particularly targets large
parking areas around commercial centers and train stations, could generate up
to 11 gigawatts, which is the equivalent of 10 nuclear reactors, powering
millions of homes. Public Sénat writes that stipulations were put into place
excluding parking lots for trucks carrying heavy goods or parking areas in
historic or protected areas, to avoid “distorting” them, according to an
amendment to the bill. While it’s unclear, future iterations of the bill will
likely detail parking lots that would be excluded, in addition to how this plan
will be funded and what the penalties would be for lack of compliance.
Other measures on the table include building large solar farms on vacant land
found alongside highways and railways, as well as on agricultural lands where
feasible. Macron has said that any bill passed would need to guarantee money
that ensures local communities directly benefit from the energy shift."
Via The Fixer
November 16, 2022:
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