France: solar panels to cover large car parks


Solar panels require very large surfaces where they can be installed to increase the production of clean energy. France has decided to cover all large car parks with photovoltaic panels within five years.

From 1 July 2023, all car park managers that can accommodate from 80 to 400 cars will be obliged to install photovoltaic systems in accordance with the new legislation. This will not be limited to existing car parks, but those that will be built will also have to install systems. Car parks which, on the other hand, have more than 400 parking spaces will be obliged to complete the operations within three years.

Those who do not comply with this regulation will face monthly penalties based on the number of spaces available: with a fine of 50 euros per space, a car park with just 80 spaces can risk a fine of 4,000 euros per month.

The measure taken by the French government could lead to the generation of around 11 gigawatts , the equivalent of 10 nuclear reactors according to Public Sénat.

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