GDF SUEZ to build France's largest photovoltaic power plant

10 February 2010 15:30  [Source: ICIS news]

TORONTO (ICIS news)--GDF SUEZ has agreed with joint venture partners to build France’s largest photovoltaic solar facility, with start-up expected for August next year, the French power utility firm said on Wednesday.

The project near Curbans in southeast France would have about 145,000 photovoltaic panels to produce 43.5m kilowatt hours/year of power and save some 120,000 tonnes/year of carbon dioxide emissions, compared with a conventional fuel oil power plant, the company said.

GDF did not disclose how much the plant would cost.

In a related development, US chemicals major Dow Chemical said last week it had selected its hometown of Midland, Michigan, as the preferred site for a planned large-scale solar shingles facility.

Many chemicals and specialty materials firms are looking to the photovoltaic sector as an important growth market for their products.

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