One more PPA for large scale solar in France

Jun 10, 2020 06:37 PM ET
  • The deal is the fourth power purchase agreement protected by Voltalia in its homeland. French store Auchan will certainly get the power under a 20-year contract.
One more PPA for large scale solar in France
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After power supply deals for French retailer Boulanger, state-owned train SNCF and financial providers Crédit Mutuel, solar designer Voltalia has actually protected its 4th offer for an unsubsidized solar plant in France.

The French designer will provide energy generated at two solar plants with a total generation capacity of 61 MW in the south of the country to Auchan Retail under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) signed by the power offtaker. The contract follows deals connected to 5 MW of solar generation capability with Boulanger, a 150 MW arrangement with the railway and a 10 MW setup with lender Crédit Mutuel, with those 3 PPAs competing 25 years.

Construction of both plants, which are anticipated to generate 97 GWh per year for Auchan, is due to begin following year with commissioning set for 2022.


" Auchan is devoted to an aggressive approach to lowering its power intake, which has actually fallen by 18% considering that 2014, in France," stated Voltalia. "Helexia, a subsidiary of Voltalia, contributed to this method with a multi-site power management agreement."

Sébastien Clerc, CEO of the designer, said: "This partnership is a new illustration of our leadership in the manufacturing of competitive sustainable power with corporate PPAs on the French market. We delight in to collaborate with Auchan Retail, building on the teamwork created with our subsidiary Helexia in the fields of self-generation and energy monitoring."

Multinational merchant Auchan has actually also signed arrangements with Boralex and also Eurowatt to expand the manufacturing of two wind ranches with 13 wind generators in Hauts-de-France and also in Center-Val de Loire. When those plants stop obtaining public incentives, they will continue generating for the power offtaker until December 2023.

Auchan Retail prepares to attract 16% of its power from tidy power in 2022, rising to 100% by 2030.

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