France: Exosun completes 3.8 MW solar project

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Exosun is the project’s EPC provider and has also equipped the plant with its solar tracking technology. The project was completed for the French developer and energy producer, La Compagnie du Vent, groupe GDF Suez.The solar plant has an installed capacity of 3.8 megawatts (MW) and will be connected to the grid. It should then generate 6,235 MWh/year. This is equivalent to the electricity consumption of 1,980 homes in the region.

The plant covers 20.5 acres (0.08 square kilometers) and is kitted out with 39 rows of trackers comprising 11,817 monocrystalline modules.

"It was a pleasure collaborating with La Compagnie du Vent, groupe GDF Suez, on this large-scale solar project; now the biggest solar tracking park in France," comments Frédéric CONCHY, CEO at Exosun. "They entrusted us with all aspects of the plants implementation in addition to equipping it with our latest solar tracking technology, the Exotrack 1 axis HZ."

The Exotrack 1 axis HZ, designed and patented by Exosun, is a technology that orients the photovoltaic panels towards the sun throughout the day, in order to increase the plant’s output by 15 percent, in comparison to fixed-tilt structures. The tracker’s efficient design which allows fast and easy installation aided in the completion of the solar plant Porette de Nérone before the initial delivery date.

Porette de Nérone is now in its commissioning phase and should produce its first kilowatt-hours in May 2012. Exosun will be responsible for the plant’s operation and maintenance for two years.