How solar self-consumption can support the uptake of green, electric mobility in France

SolarPower Europe and Enerplan France launch a joint briefing on solar self-consumption and electric mobility in France

Photo: Naomi Chevillard, Policy Advisor, speaking at the conference on solar self-consumption in Paris.

On 12th of September at a conference on solar self-consumption organised by Enerplan, the French Professional Association for Solar Energy, SolarPower Europe and Enerplan published a briefing on the opportunities created by combining solar self-consumption and electric mobility.

Walburga Hemetsberger, CEO of SolarPower Europe, said: “The sale of electric vehicles is rising in France. In addition to this growth, solar self-consumption in France is also increasing due to positive regulation and can offer consumers the possibility to truly engage in green, electric mobility. By having solar installed on homes, drivers can travel using self-generated, renewable electricity and decrease their electricity bills. At the same time, smart electric vehicles can act as storage on wheels, able to support and optimise the use of solar energy and helping to balance the grid.”

Naomi Chevillard, Policy Advisor at SolarPower Europe, added: “Electromobility is playing a major role in the transition to low-carbon transport in Europe. We must now ensure that the electricity used for e-mobility is generated from renewable sources, particularly solar. In this way we can be certain that transport will contribute to a carbon-neutral Europe.”

Richard Loyen, Secretary-General of Enerplan, said: “The transportation industry is making intense efforts to decarbonise its activities by shifting to electric propulsion systems. Innovative projects show that the solar industry is ready to meet this new demand and feed vehicles with green, local and competitive electricity. Through the storage capacity they offer to the grid, electric vehicles will allow for a significant part of our electric mix to be powered by renewable sources, a necessity for France and the European Union to meet their climatic pledges. In France, we don’t have oil, but ideas and sunshine to create new opportunities.”

SolarPower Europe will publish a report on “Solar Mobility: Business Cases”, thought to be the first of its kind, at the Digital Solar & Storage event on the 5th and 6th of November in Brussels.

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