First Solar, Inc. of Tempe, Arizona USA, reported that Photosol, a French photovoltaic (PV) solar energy company, has selected its high-performance thin film modules to power 14 utility-scale solar power plants. Combined, the power plants have a total capacity of 106.5 megawatts (MW)DC. The projects, which Photosol developed and owns, are part of the third procurement round initiated by France’s Commission de Régulation de l’Energie.
The power plants will range from 4.5MW to 43MW in capacity and will be located in central and southwest France. The largest solar project will be in Burgundy. Jayme da Costa Energie, a French subsidiary of Jayme da Costa Group, a leading Portuguese engineering firm will provide the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) for all the projects.
Once completed, the solar plants are projected to supply nearly 134,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) of electricity to the French electricity grid in their first year of operation. This electricity is reportedly enough to power 23,000 average French households.
First Solar estimates that the plants’ collective environmental footprint will be lowered by approximately 67 percent, thanks to their use of the company’s high-performance cadmium telluride-based thin-film solar modules.
According to First solar, its CdTe modules offer the smallest carbon footprint, provide the fastest return on investment and require the lowest amount of water usage among all solar technologies.
These solar projects bring Photosol’s total portfolio of PV plants that First Solar modules power, to almost 155MW. Upon completion, First Solar’s total installed capacity in Europe will total about 4.5GW.