Photowatt to manufacture all PV modules in France

One year after its acquisition of Photowatt, new owner Electricité de France (EDF) has unveiled its €10 million plans to modernize Photowatt’s existing photovoltaic wafer and cell manufacturing facility, and to establish a new module line.

A spokesperson for EDF ENR, the EDF subsidiary responsible for the solar energy business of the group, told pv magazine the new 75 MW production line will be built close to Photowatt’s existing facilities in Bourgoin-Jallieu in the French region Rhones-Alpes. It is is scheduled for completion this autumn.

Until recently, Photowatt’s photovoltaic module production was contracted to an Asian manufacturer, said the spokesperson, adding that with the new facility, all Photowatt modules will be 100% "Made in France".

Through this relocation, Photowatt’s photovoltaic systems will be qualified to receive the 10% FIT bonus, which was introduced by the French Government this month.

Edited by Becky Beetz.