Belectric’s French subsidiary has inaugurated a 1.8MWp PV plant in Valderoure in the Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur in southern France. The inauguration ceremony was attended by various regional politicians as well as Belectric employees involved in the design and implementation of the power plant.
According to Belectric, a developer of ground-mounted and roof-mounted PV systems, the 1.8MWp power plant is the first ground-mounted solar power plant in the region and “a good example of Franco-German co-operation”. The system was built on an area covering 5.5 hectares and utilizes 24,000 First Solar modules which generate around 2.8 million kWh on an annual basis.
Jochen Meyer, CEO of Belectric France, commented, “This project is an excellent example of the excellent cooperation between the excellent technical, human and financial skills of BELECTRIC and the strong will of the local community representatives in this region an eco-friendly building and sustainable energy supply.”
Despite a number of PV projects coming on-stream in France in recent months, installed PV capacity in mainland France has been falling since September 2011. Statistics released by French grid operators ErDF and EDF SEI revealed during the second quarter of this year, France installed 254MW of PV capacity compared with 350.7MW in the first quarter of 2012 and 372.3MW in the fourth quarter of 2011.