EDF wins call for 60-MW solar project at French airport

Photomontage of the solar park at Deauville – Normandie Airport. Image by: Twitter @EDF_RE.

April 5 (Renewables Now) - EDF Renewables, part of French utility EDF (EPA:EDF), has won a call for expressions of interest (EoI) to build an over 60-MW solar park at abandoned areas within the Deauville – Normandie Airport in Calvados department.

The French renewables company said last week that the photovoltaic (PV) plant will span an area of more than 45 ha (111.2 acres) and is set to become the largest one of its kind in Normandy. Its annual output is expected to be enough to cover the power consumption of around 21,000 people.

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Planed to go online in the first half of 2024, the solar farm will help offset around 700,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions during its 30-year lifespan, making the Deauville-Normandie a terminal with a negative carbon footprint.

EDF Renewables will operate the solar plant for 30 years. The company said it will involve with local companies to conduct studies for the project’s construction phase. For this purpose, tenders are due to be launched.

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