Energy multinational Total and GDF Suez are planning to build a solar silicon wafer plant in eastern France. The factory, to be located in the Moselle region near the German border, would have an initial investment of €70 million and employ up to 100 workers.
The companies said the project is subject to both parties’ respective corporate approvals and to the necessary administrative authorizations.
Total and GDF are already partners in the solar industry through their common subsidiary Photovoltech, a crystalline-silicon cell manufacturer based in Tienen, Belgium. Each holds a 47.8% interest in the company.
Total also has minority interests in U.S. organic PV developer Konarka and Swiss thin-film PV R&D company Novacis.