EDF Energies Nouvelles has brought its 67.2MW Gabardan solar PV project in the Aquitaine region of France into operation. The solar plant, located in the municipality of Losse in the Landes department utilizes approximately 872,300 thin-film PV panels by First Solar. The project was first begun in 2009 and will see EDF Services provide operation and maintenance support.

The company noted that the solar plant features a 2MW pilot project, which uses 11,100 panels fitted on trackers structures that were designed by start-up Exosun. The pilot project has benefitted from the financial support of the regional council, the French environmental and energy control agency (ADEME) and the European regional development fund.

The project was first begun in 2009 with EDF Services committing to the continued operations and maintenance of the power plant.

“We are proud of this project, which both generates green electricity and enables the rehabilitation of an area of forest destroyed by the storms. This is the result of a fruitful collaboration with the local community of Gabardan and local authorities”, commented Yvon André, chief executive officer of EDF EN France.