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Sunny weather boosts French solar power generation setting up a record level

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Sunny climate helped solar power generation in France to a record level on Friday, covering 10.7 percent of its 59.5 gigawatt (GW) power utilization at 1145 GMT, French power grid operator RTE said.

The record output of 6.3 GW was because of a radiant spell and an expansion in France's large installation of solar power capacity, which rose 12.7 percent in 2018 to 8.5 GW contrasted to the earlier year, RTE said.

The power system administrator said the load factor, which is the proportion of power created to installed limit, achieved 74.7 percent. The normal solar load factor in 2018 was 14 percent.

The output placed solar power generation second behind France's principle source of power, nuclear generation from 58 reactors worked by state-controlled utility EDF, which represents around 75 percent of the nation's power needs.

France aims to rapidly develop renewable wind, solar and biomass capacity to curb its dependence on atomic power, reducing its share in its power mix to 50 percent by 2035, from 75 percent today.

France now focuses to quickly create sustainable wind, solar and biomass ability to check its reliance on nuclear power, decreasing its offer in its capacity blend to 50 percent by 2035, from 75 percent today.


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