Baywa plugs in 41 MW solar park in southwestern France

Baywa re has commissioned a 41 MW solar park near Bordeaux, in southwestern France. The solar power generated by the facility will be sufficient for the supply of about 20,000 households, said the German company on Thursday.

It will sign a 20-year PPA for the project by the end of the month, Baywa’s project manager Benoit Roux told pv magazine. He has not provided any information on the amount of the price, nor on the investment costs, however.

The solar park is composed of a total of four plants, Roux added. One of them was selected in a tender recently held by the French government, while the other three facilities had access to previous unspecified incentive programs.

Despite the tight schedule, the solar park was completed without delay, the company said. The construction of the photovoltaic power plant took four months, according to Roux.

To minimize delivery risks, Baywa relied on various module suppliers. Polycrystalline solar modules from REC, Trina Solar, JA Solar, Astronergy and Talesun, as well as string inverters from Huawei, were installed at the solar park, Roux said.

The photovoltaic system was built on an area previously used for logging and which has been unused for several years. Due to the use of photovoltaics, soil and vegetation can now recover from the previous intense cultivation. For this, a long-term plan with environmental measures will be implemented.

“As part of the cooperation with the local community, we will also implement measures for environmental education and environmental protection,” explained Benedikt Ortmann, Managing Director of BayWa re Solar Projects GmbH. A training path has been set up on site, which is intended for visitors and school classes. Baywa re also financially supports this offer.