French wind and PV data up to August
Energy expert Bernard Chabot is back today with an update of his review of French wind and solar power production. The PDF now includes data for August, and he has also calculated a new comparison of how wind and PV complement each other in France – something he has repeatedly done with German statistics.
Only last week, Bernard Chabot published his overview of statistics on French PV in when for July – the first time any such analysis had been published for the country as such statistics had only then been made publicly available. Today, he is back with an analysis that incorporates statistics from August (slides 1 to 6 of the PDF). Specifically, he finds that France, like Germany, suffers from a winter gap – power consumption is higher in the winter, but solar power production specifically is lower then.
Chabot has a specific conclusion: "France should aim at flattening electricity demand in winter by retrofitting houses and building to lower winter heat demand. Heat pumps, passive houses, and biomass should be used in the heat sector instead of electrical heaters, and more wind than PV needs to be installed to provide more electricity in the winter." (Craig Morris)