First Solar modules chosen for 48 MW French PV projects

First Solar’s advanced thin film modules have been selected by Paris-based renewable energy producer Photosol to be used in four solar energy projects scheduled for construction in France.

The total combined PV capacity of the plants will be 48 MW, with First Solar’s supplying 100% of the modules. Three of the plants, with a combined 37 MW share of the total, will be located the Auvergne and Midi-Pyrenees regions – in the communes of Dompierre sur Bresbe, Gennetines, and Marmanhac. The fourth – an 11 MW capacity installation – will be located in Sarrazac.

Jayme da Costa Energie, a longstanding partner of Photosol, will provide all EPC services across the four sites, which form part of Photosol’s wider 250 MW pipeline in France alone. Three of the four sites will be built on pastureland, with the fourth sited close to an oak forest and all designed to have a minimal impact on local ecosystems and communities.

"As France actively promotes the adoption of solar energy, these projects will contribute towards the country’s efforts to diversify its energy mix," said Photosol managing director David Guinard. "We expect these projects to make a significant local impact by providing communities with clean energy and contributing significantly to Europe’s CO2 reduction goals.

"Our choice of First Solar’s thin film modules was based on a combination of cost-competitiveness, unrivalled bankability, the ability of its modules to reliably deliver solar power and the fact that the technology has the smallest carbon footprint, with the fastest energy payback time."

Jayme da Costa Energie’s managing director, Luis Pedro Marques, added: "These projects are an excellent example of how France, like other parts of Europe, can diversify its power generation portfolio and achieve energy security by maximizing the use of available land and leveraging its most abundant energy resource – sunlight."

Following the completion of the four plants, First Solar’s installed PV capacity in Continental Europe alone will exceed 4 GW, which is the energy generation equivalent of four nuclear power plants, providing enough clean energy to power one million European homes annually.