L R AS Published on Sunday 3 September 2023 - n° 455 - Categories:France, other France

France's determination to reindustrialise solar energy is in conflict with the facts

The French government is supporting the development of four industrial sectors: hydrogen, photovoltaics, wind power and geothermal energy, through subsidies, tax credits and other regulatory facilities. Will this support be enough?

The case of photovoltaics :

In less than two decades, the Chinese photovoltaic industry has completely wiped out its American and, above all, European competitors through subsidies and dumping prices. Today, eight out of ten panels come from China.

There are still a few pockets of production in France - Voltec, Systovi, DualSun and Recom - which are present in certain links in the chain and which manufacture 1% of the panel market, at prices 15% to 25% more expensive than their Chinese competitors. They are aimed at a niche market (individuals, local authorities, etc.) who are willing to pay more to buy French.

The government is supporting the construction of manufacturing plants in Marseille and Sarreguemines. They will not be operational for another two years. The decision was taken with the promise of a tax credit of 20% to 40% to cover 20% to 45% of the investment. As a sign of its still very modest ambitions, the industry has not set any production targets.

Enerplan is calling for "clear market prospects, accompanied by local and European production quotas".

https://www.latribune.fr/entreprises-finance/industrie/energie-environnement/eoliennes-photovoltaiques-hydrogene-ces-filieres-a-batir-de-zero-ou-presque-966694.html

La Tribune, 19 July 2023

Editor's note: A price differential of 15% to 25% is unacceptable on any market. This condemns manufacturers to remain in niche markets and, above all, limits their development. This is what we have seen over the last ten years for these four companies

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