U.S. module manufacturer SunPower Corp., whose largest shareholder is French oil company Total, has announced it will supply 130 MW of its SunPower E-Series for 25 ground-mounted and carport solar projects in France.
The company said that all the projects were selected in the latest auction for PV projects exceeding 250 kW, which was held by France’s Ministry of the Environment, Energy and the Sea in early March. Financial details about the supply agreements were not provided.
The company added that most of the modules it will supply for these projects will be manufactured at its manufacturing facility in Toulouse, south-western France. SunPower also operates a module factory in De Vernejoul, eastern France.
The U.S. manufacturer also stressed that it will provide approximately 31% of the modules required for all the projects selected in the auction. Overall, the French government allocated 534 MW of solar capacity in the tender.
Average price for the sale of power from these projects came in at €62.5 ($65.9) per MWh. The majority of these PV projects will be developed in the southern regions of Nouvelle Aquitaine (136.5 MW), Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur (127.8 MW), and Occitanie (80.2 MW).
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