October 22 (Renewables Now) - French renewable power producer Akuo Energy last week officially opened a 17-MWp floating solar park in France, touted as the largest one in Europe.
Installed on the lake in the old Piolenc quarry in Vaucluse, southeast France, the O'MEGA1 photovoltaic (PV) array will be able to produce enough power to meet the demand of 4,733 homes, while offsetting 1,093 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per year. The plant is powered by 47,000 units of Trina Solar’s dual-glass PERC monocrystalline modules mounted on Hydrelio floating structures by Ciel & Terre. Akuo is the manufacturer and exclusive distributor of the particular product in France, the company noted.
Bouygues Energies Services was tasked with building the power plant, which will be selling its output directly on the markets via the E6 aggregator.
The project was backed with EUR 12.8 million (USD 14.2m) in debt from Natixis Energeco and some equity sourced through a crowdfunding campaign.
(EUR 1.0 = USD 1.113)