US thin-film module manufacturer First Solar will pass the 4GW installed capacity mark in Europe following a 48MW deal in France.
The company is supplying panels to four plants in central and southern France currently under construction.
The projects are being developed by Photosol with French engineering firm Jayme da Costa Energie performing engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) duties.
“As France actively promotes the adoption of solar energy, these projects will contribute towards the country's efforts to diversify its energy mix. We expect these projects to make a significant local impact by providing communities with clean energy and contributing significantly to Europe's CO2 reduction goals,” said David Guinard, managing director, Photosol.
“Our choice of First Solar's thin-film modules was based on a combination of cost-competitiveness, unrivalled bankability, the ability of its modules to reliably deliver solar power and the fact that the technology has the smallest carbon footprint, with the fastest energy payback time,” added Guinard.
Photosol has 63MW of installed capacity in France and a pipeline of 250MW.
Three of the projects in Auvergne are being built on pastureland and will continue to be grazed on after construction is complete. The fourth is being built in Midi-Pyrenees on the edge of an oak forest and will include access for wild animals to pass through the site.