Public consultation process for REC Group’s French project now underway

The French National Commission for Public Debate (CNDP) has authorised the mandatory public consultation process for REC Group’s planned project to build a photovoltaic panel production plant in Hambach, in the French Moselle region.
Public consultation process for REC Group’s French project now underway

REC Solar France is the French subsidiary of Norwegian-headquartered and international pioneering solar company REC Group. The decision by CNDP was announced on 4th November, the consultation itself to take place from 14th December 2020 to 8th February 2021. Televised and digital participation tools will complement the process, along with a physical presence at conferences and workshops.

This preliminary consultation process is fully in line with the obligatory French regulatory procedure in terms of disclosing information and enabling public participation prior to decisions that could have an impact on the environment. Important to note is that the entire process and all decisions regarding the planned plant will hence fully comply with national and local environmental standards. REC Group said it welcomes the dialogue with the residents and regional stakeholders and is convinced that this will strongly contribute to a mutually beneficial and environmentally-sound project for all parties involved.

“For us at REC, it is important to stress the term ‘preliminary’ regarding this project” said Cemil Seber, Managing Director of REC Solar EMEA GmbH. “Considering the size and the level of investment required, many studies and evaluations have already been carried out, still there are a number of important steps to be taken before a final decision is made – this includes strategic considerations as well as regulatory approval”.

The planned project is divided into two phases. With completion of the second phase in 2025, REC Group plans to reach the production capacity of 9 million high-performance REC solar panels annually and employ over 2,500 employees. The new factory will thereby cover an area of almost 148,000 square metres. The premium solar panels will be based on a highly advanced solar PV technology and therefore deliver greater power density per m² compared to conventional mono PERC panels.

With the planned project, REC is adding to its long history in Europe regarding manufacturing and selling. In addition to its silicon production sites in Norway, REC Group is manufacturing 4 million high-quality solar panels annually at its state-of-the-art manufacturing site in Singapore. Implementing Industry 4.0 concepts, lead free cells, low temperature production as well as energy, water and waste saving programs, REC Group is continuously striving to minimise its carbon footprint.

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