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Soitec’s CPV technology has been chosen to be used in most of the 8 projects under the “concentrator solar plants with installed capacity of less than 12MW” sub-category; part of the French Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) call for tenders for “large solar power plants”, which was announced last September.
Delphine Bathot, French Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, recently selected Soitec to participate in the 8 projects, which have over 54MW in total capacity. The projects will see CPV solutions account for at least 30% of each project’s installed capacity.
“Without revealing the details of the eight concentrator solar projects, as their go-ahead depends of course on gaining all the requisite permits and their design may yet be tweaked by the various partners, we are very happy that our module- and tracker-based offering has been chosen for the majority of projects,” commented Gaetan Borgers, executive vice president of Soitec’s Solar Energy Division. “This choice reflects not only their confidence in our technology, but also in our manufacturing capabilities. We possess a great deal of experience in large-scale manufacturing, with automated lines and certified processes.”