EDF-EN commissions 7MWp Narbonnaise solar power plant
Built on land owned by the Narbonne local community authority, the solar farm is located on industrial wasteland in the commune of Narbonne. The power plant will provide the electric grid with the equivalent of annual electricity consumption of over 4,200 people and prevent the emission of 2,752 tonnes of CO2 per year. This capacity should be regarded in relation to the current installed capacity of 54MWp supplying the French national grid. The power plant has 95,000 modules using thin film technology, as an alternative to conventional solar panels made from silicon. These modules were supplied by US-based First Solar. Paris Mouratoglou, chairman of EDF Energies Nouvelles (EDF-EN), said: "Solar energy has become one of our priorities. The La Narbonnaise power plant is an example of our mastery of innovative technology on a large scale. We would like to be able to set up power stations in regions other than in the very south of France, to allow the country to catch up with other markets and establish itself as a major solar energy market, generating investment, innovation and jobs."