The first French wind program was launched in 1996. Since then, wind power development in France has continued to increase, to reach a cumulative value of 15.3 GW at the end of 2018.

In 2019, around 6% of the installed wind turbine capacity in France has become older than 15 years. Considering that wind turbines have been typically designed for a 20-year period, it raised the question of the follow-up to be given to the ageing wind farms.

Wind energy professionals have examined different possibilities, based on the experience from countries with more mature markets. Three main trends for wind development have been identified:

1) Decommissioning, with a complete interruption of operations

2) Revamping: using retrofits and other refurbishment options to extend the operation of the wind farm

3) Repowering: replacing the existing turbines with more powerful ones

By the end of 2019, France has added approximately 1.336 MW of onshore wind installations, reaching a cumulative value of 16.6 GW. Additionally, 2020 has seen a steady increase of wind power total capacity, reaching a total of 17.6 GW despite the impacts of COVID-19.

In 2021, France has submitted its 2030 National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP), which highlights how the country intends to progress towards the target of 33% renewable energy in its energy mix by 2030. The main goal is to maintain a clear legal framework towards the implementation of new renewable energy projects, especially repowering. Wind farms that have wind turbines reaching the end of their operational lifetime are to be repaired and brought into service again. NECP foresees the increase of onshore wind power in France up to 34.7GW by 2028.

How can Greensolver help?

Greensolver is an independent technical expert dedicated to wind, solar and battery storage assets. It was created in 2008 and has over 13 years of experience in the French market

The company’s offering is split into three core areas:

  • Construction management: +2 GW
  • Technical & commercial management: +3,7 GW
  • Advisory & services: +21 GW

To find out more about how Greensolver can assist with your wind power needs, contact us now.


Perrine Bugeat – Asset Manager