First Solar announced it has won a new order from Photosol, a French photovoltaic (PV) solar energy company to supply PV modules for 14 utility-scale solar power plants with a total capacity of 106.5 megawatts (MW)DC.
The projects – developed and owned by Photosol – are part of the third procurement round initiated by France’s Commission de Régulation de l’Energie.
The power plants will be located in central and southwest France, and will range from 4.5MW to 43MW in capacity.
The largest project will be located in Burgundy, with Jayme da Costa Energie, a French subsidiary of Jayme da Costa Group, a leading Portuguese engineering firm, providing the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) for all the projects.
When completed, the plants are expected to supply almost 134,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) of electricity to the French electricity grid in their first year of operation; enough electricity to power 23,000 average French households and to displace 5,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year.
The plants’ collective environmental footprint will be lowered by approximately 67 percent, thanks to their use of First Solar’s high performance modules, which offer the smallest carbon footprint, fastest energy payback time and lowest water use of all solar technologies.
David Guinard, managing director of Photosol, said, “Our decision to select First Solar’s thin film modules was not only driven by the cost-competitiveness and proven performance advantage, but also by the significant environmental benefits that its module technology offers.”
These projects bring Photosol’s total portfolio of PV plants, powered by First Solar modules, to almost 155MW. Upon completion, they will take First Solar’s total installed capacity in Europe up to approximately 4.5GW.