GDF Suez to build 53MW French PV

GDF Suez will develop 10 PV projects in France totalling 53MW – including two using concentrated PV (CPV) technology, the French utility said.

The projects – a mixture of ground-mounted and modules on car park shelters – were secured through a national solar tender.

Construction is scheduled for 2014 and 2015, with operations set to begin next year and in early 2016.

The plants will be developed via GDF Suez’s two subsidiaries, La Compagnie du Vent and La Compagnie Nationale du Rhône.

The projects will exclusively use locally-produced technology, said GDF Suez.

The utility wants to have 200MW of PV operational in France by 2016, and said it already has 149MW in operation, under construction or in advanced development in the country.