The French government is funding a new solar programme that will see Tenesol install 500 PV systems and 250 converters in several of the country’s overseas territories. La Réunion and Corsica are among the islands set to benefit from the €30 million Millener project, which will build 1,000 energy management systems over the next four years.
According to Tenesol, the programme will get homes “to supply and manage their own electricity with the support of renewable energy.” It will also raise awareness about renewable energies and improve grid stability. Partnering Tenesol will be BPL Global, Delta Dore, Edelia, EDF, Saft and Schneider Electric.
“The scale of this project shows the French government’s commitment to smart grid networks that work with renewable energy,” Tenesol managing director Benoit Rolland said. “The use of solar energy storage systems will empower households and enable individuals to manage and generate their own electricity supply. It provides an electricity supply that is sustained and controlled.”
The first wave of installations will all be rooftop systems with capacities no bigger than 3kW and a scheduled completion date of early 2012. They will also have a direct telecoms link to the local power grid operator, in order to feed back performance data.
French overseas territories were chosen as the beneficiaries of the multi-million Euro investment due to their grid instability and a recent rise in energy consumption levels (3-5% per year).