Trina Solar supplies 17 MW to largest floating PV system in Europe

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Trina Solar, a leading total solutions provider for solar energy, has supplied 17 MW of PV modules to the largest floating PV plant in Europe.

The O’MEGA 1 project has been developed by Akuo Energy, France’s leading independent producer of renewable energy, under the French CRE4.1 tender, won with Trina Solar’s low carbon footprint modules.

Once operational, the 17-hectare plant – in Piolenc, Vaucluse – will produce renewable energy for more than 4,700 households.

O’MEGA 1 is powered by more than 46,000 units of Trina Solar’s TSM-DEG14.20 (II) dual-glass monocrystalline PERC modules in their low carbon footprint version.

The Duomax M Plus module offers high output performance for large utility-scale solar farms. Available with an industry-leading 1500V UL/IEC rating, the Duomax M Plus’ top-end efficiency and high power density ensures maximum energy output while withstanding challenging environmental conditions. Its durable dual-glass structure, made with high quality solar glass and encapsulation, protects solar cells from strong humidity over their lifetime, preventing energy loss from potential induced degradation (PID).

Eric Scotto, President and co-founder of Akuo Energy, says: “O’MEGA 1 means multiple premieres for Akuo Energy: [a] first floating solar power station in France; [the] first time the group opens the capital of a project to individuals; and a common, first bank financing for floating solar. Through this societal project, we act as a global player in the energy transition, and we hope to make this plant an example to follow. It is a great pride for us to be associated with all these actors, who make it an exemplary and inspiring project.”

Gonzalo de la Viña, Head of Module Business Europe at Trina Solar, says: “We are honored to have been chosen by Akuo for the largest floating solar system in Europe. This project, developed under the specific constraints of the French CRE4.1 tender, uses a competitive technical and economical solution based on our low CO2 dual-glass monocrystalline PERC modules, in combination with a Ciel et Terre floating structure. We trust this project will open doors to the further development of floating PV projects across France and Europe.”