In France, the Senate approved the Plan which makes the installation of photovoltaic panels mandatory in large car parks from 1 July 2023 and on new non-residential buildings from 1 January 2025.
The first provision, in chronological order and with an impact on clean sources, is that which concerns parking lots, for which the French government has allocated a good nine billion euros with the declared objective of reaching 11 gigawatts of new energy, equivalent to 10 nuclear reactors (present and active in large quantities beyond the Alps).
Basically, all car parks with more than 80 parking spaces, including those that already exist, will be obliged to install photovoltaic panels on at least half of their surface.
If they fail to do so, very heavy penalties are foreseen.
The obligation will take effect from 1 July 2023, the measure requires all large car park managers to comply within the next five years.
Years that are reduced to three, however, for the parking spaces that can accommodate more than 400 cars.
In case of non-compliance with this new regulation, the monthly fine will be 50 euros per month for each parking space, until the panels are installed.
Connected to this first measure, there is another equally important one, which will come into effect a year and a half later.
Starting from 1 January 2025, even new non-residential buildings will have to equip their roofs with solar panels, for at least 50% of the total area.
These are just two pieces of the broader clean energy project with which France wants to make up for the delays accumulated in recent years. President Emmanuel Macron has promised to “double the speed of decarbonization”: alongside 50 new offshore wind farms and 6 new nuclear power plants, the intention is to have 200,000 new photovoltaic plants by 2050.
The decisive step for this whole strategy will be December 5, when the Lower House of the French National Assembly will be called to give the last go-ahead to the law proposed by the Council of Ministers.
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