October 2 (Renewables Now) - Madrid-based solar developer Dhamma Energy has broken ground on the 87.5-MWp Athies-Samoussy photovoltaic (PV) park in the region of Hauts-de-France in northern France.
The company held a ceremony last week to lay the foundation stone of the EUR-70-million (USD 76.7m) plant at the former NATO airbase of Laon-Athies. The construction process is expected to last one year and upon completion the facility will generate some 93 GWh of electricity annually.
The project is financed by both public and private groups. Last July, it raised EUR 1.1 million through the crowdfunding platform Lendosphere.
To date, Dhamma Energy has fully developed 650 MWp of solar projects, mostly in Mexico and France. Its current project pipeline includes more than 2 GWp in Europe, Latin America and Africa.
(EUR 1.0 = USD 1.095)