Hanwha Q CELLS GmbH supplied its nearly 15,000 solar modules to a large ground-mounted solar farm in western France.
Established in the commune of Baud in France’s Brittany region, the 4.5-MW solar plant was formally inaugurated and related to the central grid on July 8. Encompassing 14,592 solar modules from Q CELLS – the solar farm is the most significant single ground-mounted PV set up in Brittany and was developed by local French renewable energy company Quadran.
Q CELLS mentioned it was recognized as a perfect module provide a partner for the mission as a result of it had secured a carbon footprint (CFP) certification of 300 kg-eq/CO²/kWc for its Q.PEAK module range earlier this year.
Such CFP certifications on solar modules are a necessity mandated by the French government to be sure that renewable energy growth is as environmentally friendly as possible. As a way to be permitted to take part in France’s renewable vitality tenders, builders should make the most of solely these solar components that possess CFP certification.
Quadran, the developer of the plant, hosted a well-attended event to mark the inauguration of the installation, which is located at Quinipily in Baud, Morbihan.
Interest in the solar farm is high for plenty of reasons. As the most extensive such array in Brittany, protecting seven hectares, the 4.5 MW solar plant will meet the annual electricity consumption wants of 4,400 native inhabitants, whereas offsetting emissions of 1,710 tonnes of C02 annually.
Moreover, some 40% of the installation’s prices were crowdfunded by citizen financing – which ensures that offtake EDF pays a further €3/MWh of power produced.
Maengyoon Kim, Head of EU Sales at Q CELLS, stated: “The entire project at Quinipily is an excellent achievement, and a testament to the need of native residents and the developer Quadran to boost the region’s clean energy footprint. As a number one solar module model in France, Q CELLS was delighted that its low-carbon solar modules had been chosen for such a landmark solar farm.”