France approves 230 MW of rooftop solar projects

PARIS (Reuters) - French Ecology Minister Francois de Rugy has approved 392 rooftop solar power projects with a total capacity of 230 megawatts (MW) under a plan launched in 2016 to develop 1,450 MW of solar capacity within three years.

France wants to develop more wind, solar and other low-carbon energy sources to cut its dependence on nuclear energy power, which currently counts for over 75 percent of its needs.

Latest data from the ministry shows France is lagging on its target to install 10,200 MW solar capacity by the end of the year, and 18,200 MW to 20,200 MW capacity by 2023. Total installed solar capacity was at 8,500 MW as of the end of June.

The average price for the projects was at 76.8 euros per megawatt hour (MWh), the minister said in a statement on Thursday.

The minister also approved 48 auto-consumption solar power projects with a total capacity of 20 MW.

Reporting by Bate Felix; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta