Voltalia brings live 5-MW solar park in France's Occitania

The Castellet solar park. Photo by: Voltalia (www.voltalia.com).

October 13 (Renewables Now) - French renewable power plants operator Voltalia SA (EPA:VLTSA) on Tuesday announced the commissioning of a 5-MW solar park on rehabilitated land in the Occitania region of southern France.

The Laspeyres photovoltaic (PV) plant has delivered its first power at the end of September. Its output is expected to be enough to cover the electricity consumption, excluding heating, of roughly 3,500 people, the developer estimates.

Located in the commune of Marignac-Laspeyres, the solar farm is equipped with 11,500 panels covering an area of 11.7 ha (28.9 acres) of degraded ground of a former stone quarry. Its operation will be backed by a 20-year power sales contract that Voltalia secured in the CRE4.4 call for tenders in 2018.

At present, the French company has more than 1.9 GW of power generation assets in its portfolio, plus some 10.7 GW of projects under development. Its goal is to reach 2.6 GW of operational or under-construction capacity in 2023.

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