French energy company GDF Suez has completed a 13.9MW solar project, taking its PV capacity past 100MW.
The company has a goal to install 200MW of solar in France by 2016 with the latest project in Besse-sur-Issole, Provence taking its tally to 105MW.
“This solar power plant illustrates our ambitious development strategy which favours collaborative projects that participate in the energy transition of France,” said Jean-François Cirelli, vice-chairman and president of GDF Suez.
“Our company has been fully committed to meeting this major challenge for our country. We have a strong ambition: to become leader in energy transition in Europe by relying on the development of renewable energy, energy efficiency and smart energy,” said Cirelli at the plant’s opening.
The project uses French-made panels. The company claims using in-house software enabled it to make the most of the uneven terrain. The company opted for a smaller 17 hectare site after rejecting a 30 hectare version in order to integrate it into the surrounding countryside.
GDF Suez was among a number of leading European utility companies that mounted a high-profile lobbying effort last year with Brussels last year seeking to scale subsidies for renewables such as solar and wind and to froce them to compete in the regular energy markets.