TotalEnergies commissions 55-MW solar farm, its largest in France
Solar system. Author: Mike Weber. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic
French energy group TotalEnergies SE (EPA:TTE) today said it has brought online a 55-MW solar park near Gien in the department of Loiret, northcentral France.
Consisting of 126,000 photovoltaic (PV) panels installed across 75 hectares (185.3 acres), the facility represents the company’s largest solar PV power plant in France. The solar array is expected to generate around 64 GWh a year, corresponding to the annual needs of 38,000 people. It will be maintained and operated by TotalEnergies teams.
The project involves about EUR 2.2 million (USD 2.5m) of participative financing, supported by 212 residents of the Loiret and surrounding departments, and biodiversity protection measures, the company pointed out.
“This commissioning contributes to France’s energy transition and is a further step towards our goal of reaching 4 GW of renewable generation capacity by 2025. It reinforces our commitment to be a major player in renewable energy in France” said Thierry Muller, chief executive of TotalEnergies Renewables France.
Earlier this month, TotalEnergies secured 51 MW across eight projects in the 10th round of the CRE 4 tender held by the French Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE). These projects will be commissioned by the end of 2023, the company said, adding it has won 707 MW of solar projects in the last 10 bidding periods.
TotalEnergies aims to increase its gross renewable electricity capacity, which stood at 10 GW at the end of September, to 35 GW by 2025 and 100 GW by 2030.