Photosol wins 246-MW solar project at French military base

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February 13 (Renewables Now) - French company Photosol has won a government tender for the construction of a 246-MW solar photovoltaic (PV) park at a military base north of Paris.

The call for expressions of interest was launched by the Ministry of the Armed Forces last July and concerns the Creil airbase. The name of the winner, which will be awarded a 30-year contract, was announced on Tuesday.

Photosol’s task will be to develop and build the PV farm, which will use 547,000 panels. The facility is expected to generate about 241 GWh of electricity annually after going online in 2022.

France’s Ministry of the Armed Forces in 2018 committed to making available around 2,000 ha of land for the installation of solar plants at its own sites through 2022 as part of the government’s “Place au soleil” initiative to support solar deployment. Apart from Creil, three other sites have been designated as suitable for that purpose -- Querqueville, Saint-Christol and Valbonne, with a combined area of 14 ha.

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