the French ready to produce their own electricity

If the threat of blackouts hangs over French households in winter, the question of purchasing power is never far away with the announced increase in gas and electricity bills at the start of 2023. For 72% of the French, producing and consuming your own solar energy is the best way to control your budget.

Solar panels, wind turbines… These alternative power producers will be at the center of debates in the National Assembly this week. This Monday, the bill that aims to speed up and simplify the development of renewable energy in France will enter the chamber. This text is based on an observation: the country is lagging behind. Take effect, solar and wind make up only 19.3% of consumption final gross energy despite a 2020 target of 23%. Should we despair? Not sure.

More than three-quarters of French people (78%) believe that investment in solar energy is not massive enough, according to a survey conducted by the OpinionWay institute for EDF ENR, the French energy company’s renewable subsidiary. For almost every second respondent, the primary reason for France’s delay in the field (48%) is the lack of incentive schemes such as MaPrimeRenov’ for energy renovation, which would offset acquisition and installation costs.

The issues of independence and purchasing power give us an unprecedented opportunity to accelerate France’s transition to a model of sustainable growth, assesses its president Benjamin Declas. And rightly so, for 60% of the population, producing and consuming their own electricity will become the norm in the near future. And this will go through solar energy, which is considered an obvious way to overcome the depletion of fossil fuels for almost eight out of 10 people surveyed (78%), which will also promote the generalization of self-consumption in buildings for almost one out. of two French (49%) provide details of the results of the survey.

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A bill down by a third

In addition to the dreaded power outages this winter and the environment, the issue of purchasing power is never far away. For 72% of the French, the production and consumption of their own solar energy would be best way to control your budget. The opinion polls expect a saving of 32%. A quarter of respondents (25%) even believe that this could allow them to at least halve their electricity bill.

A credible number according to Audrey Zermati, Strategy Director at Effy, specialist in energy renovation, which promises its customers a 40% reduction in energy bills after installing solar panels… whose bill can go up to 10,000 euros. The popular categories are particularly sensitive and convinced 78% respectively that it would be the most effective way to tackle the skyrocketing energy bill, according to the OpinionWay survey for EDF ENR.

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