Siemens to build 6 PV plants following first French order

Purchaser is Eco Delta Développement (EDD), a project developer for renewable energies, whose subsidiary Delta Solar is developing the PV park.

Siemens will handle the turnkey construction of six solar power plants with a combined capacity of 30 megawatts peak (MWp) in Les Mées in the province Alpes-de-Haute-Provence. The plants are scheduled to go on line in stages starting in the summer of 2011 and will supply ecofriendly power to around 12,000 French households.

“With this order, we are entering in the French solar market," said René Umlauft, CEO of the Renewable Energy Division of Siemens Energy. "The market will increase from today’s 350 MWp installed solar plant capacity to as much as to 5,400 MWp in 2020. With its vast experience in the turnkey erection of power plants Siemens is capable of implementing solar projects of this size. In France we see good prospects for our future solar business.”

The PV plants will be built on an area extending across 66 hectares on the Puimichel plateau, which has excellent insolation. Siemens will be responsible for all aspects of construction of the six plants, including civil works, supports, inverters, transformers, grid connection, control system and structures for the approximately 111,000 solar panels. The order includes an operation & maintenance (O&M) agreement.