Phoenix Solar has signed an agreement with LHI Leasing to build a 1.7MW turnkey solar project in France. When completed, the 4.4-hectare La Rouchouse Solar Park will generate 2 million kWh of electricity annually, making it the largest development in the Haute-Loire department.
As general contractor, Phoenix Solar will be responsible for the planning and construction of La Rouchouse. Building work is scheduled to begin before the end of March, with completion penciled in for July. Phoenix Solar has also agreed to oversee the maintenance and operation of the site.
“We have the greatest confidence in the abilities of Phoenix Solar AG,” said Franz Unterbichler, head of renewable energies at LHI. “The company's experience of more than a decade in building large-scale photovoltaic power plants makes it the ideal partner for us. It worked very well in Germany and so we are pleased to be going to France together.”
“We are delighted that we now have the privilege of building a large-scale photovoltaic plant for LHI in France. We made a conscious decision for the French solar market by establishing our subsidiary in Lyon, and we will be operating in this market in both the components and systems and the power plant business”, added Phoenix Solar’s chief sales officer, Ulrich Reidenbach.
All the electricity produced by the plant will be compensated by EDF at the region’s 2010 feed-in tariff rate of €0.314/kWh.
Although this is the first time Phoenix Solar has enlisted the help of a partner for a project in the region, it has already agreed to work alongside LHI on several other developments; these are all currently in the preparation stage.