French photovoltaic (PV) project developer and investor Hanau Energies is scheduled to begin construction on a 4.4MW solar power plant on the site of a production facility owned by global chemical company DuPont.
The plant, in Cernay, France, will be made with 17,952 Jinko Solar PV modules, expected to last over 25 years. The Jinko Solar modules are made with DuPont's polyvinyl fluoride film-based backsheets and photovoltaic metalisation pastes.
The Cernay facility is the latest example of an energy intensive production centre offsetting its environmental impact and generating income with a solar PV installation. Other examples include the Bentley car production plant in the UK, installed by Lightsource and Europe's largest rooftop plant to date, an 8.1MW self-consumption project at a distribution centre in Heddesheim, Germany provided by Wirsol.
Spanning six hectares, this will be the largest plant on DuPont property to date. The installation will be grid-connected with electricity sold to energy provider Eléctricité Réseau Distribution France (ERDF) under a 20 year power purchase agreement. According to DuPont, Cernay local authorities have supported the project from the outset.
The news follows in the wake of the recent government announcement of a review of the PV feed-in tariff in France. Tariffs for ground mounted plants under 10MW have already been cut in February this year. The announcement of the review has been met with criticism from prominent figures in politics and industry. A group spearheaded by a French MEP and former environment ministers recently wrote an angry open letter to energy minister Philippe Martin and two other ministers, imploring the government to ‘save’ the French PV industry.