30 Mar '15, 4pm

France Mandates Solar Roofs for Commercial Zones

LONDON -- Recently passed legislation in France has mandated that the roofs of all new buildings in commercial areas must be so-called green roofs, which are at least partially covered in either solar modules or with living plants. As well as potentially delivering a boost to installed solar capacity across the country, green roofs provide a thermal insulating effect and moderate rain run-off, while also boosting biodiversity. Though more limited in scope than originally envisaged by environmental groups — the law only requires partial (50 percent) coverage of commercial buildings while the green movement wanted the entire roof to be covered — it does at least signal a willingness to engage with renewable energy policy issues by the government, which has seen solar development in the country effectively stall over the last few years. French installed PV capacity figures ha...

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