January 8 (Renewables Now) - EDF Renewables, the green energy unit of French utility EDF SA (EPA:EDF), is seeking to raise EUR 400,000 (USD 445,400) from crowdfunding to finance the construction of 13 MWp of solar projects in France.
The company said on Tuesday it is launching two separate campaigns, open until March 8, 2020, through digital investment platform WiSEED. Their goal will be to back the installation of the 9-MWp Ambes and 4-MWp Artix photovoltaic (PV) parks. Each campaign is targeting proceeds of EUR 200,000.
EDF estimates that the two projects offer a 5.5% annual return over a period of four years. The Ambes PV park will be built at the site of a former thermal power station in Gironde. Its 25,500 PV panels will produce enough power to supply almost 5,000 local residents.
The second project, Artix, will be located in Pyrenees-Atlantiques, and will be equipped with more than 11,000 solar panels.
Construction works on the two schemes are slated to begin in a few weeks, with commissioning planned for June 2020.
The fundraising is reserved for residents of the Gironde and Pyrenees-Atlantiques departments, as well as for those in the neighbouring departments of Charente-Maritime, Dordogne, Gers, Landes, Lot-et-Garonne and Hautes Pyrenes.
(EUR 1.0 = USD 1.113)