Voltalia, renewable energy based electricity producer, has announced that its 4 MW solar project had been selected by French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy in the national call for tender dedicated to non-interconnected territories.
Winning 4 MW project, called Savane des Pères, is located in French Guiana, near the Sinnamary city. A particular attention was paid to the choice of the site: the project will thus rehabilitate a former landfill.
This tender, launched in May 2015 by the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, aims at fostering the development, in non-interconnected areas, of photovoltaic systems coupled with energy storage devices. The French law on energy transition and green growth has indeed set up as target for overseas departments to reach energy self-sufficiency.
To improve the level of predictability and stability of the solar plant’s production, Voltalia’s project will combine a forecasting tool with an energy storage unit (batteries). The plant is expected to be commissioned in June 2019 at the latest.
Sébastien Clerc, Voltalia CEO, said:
“This is our first solar project with electricity storage and we are looking forward to developing a new technical know-how in a region where we are already well established”, says Sébastien Clerc, Voltalia CEO