The facility will be located on land adjacent to the Avignonet-Lauragais wind farm, creating a mixed solar and wind energy power generation site. Work on the project site began on 15 January, and the park is expected to begin producing power this coming May, adding 4.5 MW to Boralex’s asset portfolio.
The solar park has a 20-year contract with Electricite de France and required an investment of €14.6 million.
“After studying the solar segment in France, Boralex is confident that this reasonably sized project is our best way to gain a foothold in solar-powered electricity production,” said Patrick Lemaire, president and CEO of Boralex. “Going forward, Boralex plans to grow in this segment, particularly in France.”
Under a turnkey agreement with Q-Cells, the engineers of the Q-Cells French subsidiary will be responsible for the engineering, construction and maintenance of the facility.
“We are very pleased with this joint project with Boralex,” said Daniel Cintolesi, General Director, Q-Cells France. “All the technical staff in our office in Lyons worked on this project, which had very specific characteristics, mainly because the site is very windy.”
Financing of over 85 percent of the investment was provided by the Landesbank Baden-Württemberg Bank.
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