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EC approves €200m support to French renewable power self-suppliers

The European Commission (EC) has approved a €200m support scheme to support electricity production from renewable sources for self-consumption in France until 2020. The measure is in line with the EU State aid rules and is slated to further the European Union's energy objectives without distorting competition.

The approved scheme will be financed by the French state budget and will support the development of 490 MW of additional renewable-based generation capacity (for small installations with a capacity between 100 and 500 kW). The beneficiaries of the scheme will be selected under the framework of tenders organised until 2020, in which all types of renewable energies can participate.

It is designed to prop up the production of renewable electricity by companies and individuals for their own use (self-consumption), especially for instances where only a limited portion of the power produced is sold to the grid.

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