French Military prepare for 246 MW solar plant

Feb 12, 2020 04:52 PM ET
  • Developer Photosol was picked as project developer via a tender released by the Ministry of the Armed Forces in August. The solar park is set up to be appointed in 2022 as well as the ministry, which has actually devoted to making 2,000 ha offered for PV projects, prepares a comparable tender in February, as well as a lot more every 6 months.
French Military prepare for 246 MW solar plant
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France's Ministry of the Armed Forces has actually revealed the champion of a tender for a PV nuclear power plant at the Creil air base, north of Paris. The purchase workout was begun in August.

French business Photosol safeguarded the agreement as well as will certainly be in charge of advancement and also building and construction of the 246 MW solar park, which is anticipated to set you back around EUR130 million.

The plant will certainly include 547,000 photovoltaic panels on 180ha of the 253ha website. Establish for appointing in 2022, it needs to produce around 241 GWh annually. The project results from be France's 2nd biggest solar plant, after the 300 MW Cestas solar ranch mounted on a 250ha website near Bordeaux in 2015.

Photosol, which declares to be the 6th biggest French PV generator-- and also second biggest independent-- was granted the project by secretary of state to the preacher of militaries Geneviève Darrieussecq, that stated "Photosol unites all the monetary as well as technological abilities important to the smooth operating of the project: [The] adaptability of an SME [medium-sized or tiny business] as well as economic strength."

Additional tenders

As part of the federal government's 'location au soleil' strategy to boost solar capability in France, the Ministry of the Armed Forces has actually devoted to offering practically 2,000 ha of land via 2022 for utility range PV projects.

The tender additionally consisted of building of 3 smaller sized plants at army websites in Querqueville, Saint-Christol as well as Valbonne and also the victors of those agreements will certainly be revealed quickly, the ministry informed pv magazine.

Darrieussecq's interactions expert, Agathe Rosa, claimed a brand-new 200ha tender will certainly be introduced this month. "It will certainly be much more fragmented due to the fact that it has 12 websites," she informed pv magazine.

To strike its 2,000 ha solar website dedication, the ministry prepares to hold tenders for 400ha of land every 6 months.