EDF Energies Nouvelles commissions 115MWp PV plant in France

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French renewable energy firm EDF Energies Nouvelles has announced it has commissioned a 115MWp PV facility in the Lorraine region of eastern France.

Located near Nancy in the Meurthe-et-Moselle department, the 115MWp Toul-Rosières project has been built on a former military base. As part of the project implementation process, the land had to be decontaminated and converted. The company cleaned up pollution at the site by removing asbestos from 170 buildings, demolishing 280 buildings, emptying oil tanks and clearing 8,000 tonnes of polluted soil.

“Located on abandoned land on the site of former NATO’s air base, the Toul facility represents an ambitious conversion project, which has led to the decontamination of the site and given it a second lease of life in the generation of green electricity”, stated Yvon André, Chief Executive Officer of EDF EN France. “This project has been achieved thanks to a successful cooperation with the entire local community and a constant focus on environmental performance.”

The project, which was initiated in 2009, was developed and built by EDF EN France and has been commissioned gradually since May 2012. It is equipped with almost 1.4 million thin-film PV modules manufactured by First Solar which will help to generate enough solar power for around 55,000 people every year. The plant is being operated, maintained and managed by EDF EN Services, a subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles.

This latest project is in line with the company’s strategy to increase the commissioning of major solar projects in France. It follows the commissioning of the 56MWp Massangis plant in Burgundy in October and the 60MWp Crucery plant in September.

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