Solar panels in France: a steeplechase
by RobertArthur • Fri 15 Nov 2019 12:18
After the French photovolaic crisis in 2009 things have calmed down a bit. Not too many forum questions about solar panels the last few years, a lot of red tape here in France, not very inviting. Price level is also not helpful: easily two to three times as expensive as in Germany and other EU countries. Too many scandals and too many Wild West (East, North and South) French cowboys active on this lucrative market. The French "Scientific and Technical Center for Building" (CSTB) is a treasure room: a wide range of studies and publications. From constructional engineering subjects to insulation and safety issues, certification etc. Last year they published together with the Eyrolles publishing company a practical guide: "Installations photovoltaïques en toiture et façade." As an appetizer they published these nine pages. It's a mix of the inevitable complex French regulations and "how-to" installation instructions. Other sources of information are books as "L'Officiel de l'Électricité" by Promotelec and "L'Installation Électrique" by the Eyrolles publishing company. The website of Photovoltaïque answers almost all your questions you wanted to ask but were afraid to.