Boralex Inc., a Montreal-based electricity producer, and Q-Cells have started building a solar energy park in southern France. Equipped with Q-Cells photovoltaic panels and cells, the project will be located on land adjacent to the Avignonet-Lauragais wind farm, creating a mixed solar and wind energy power generation site.
Having fulfilled all the regulatory conditions and obtained financing for the project, Boralex will start building the Avignonet-Lauragais solar park later this month with the support of Q-Cells. The site is scheduled to start operating in May, and the electricity generated will add up to 4.5 MW to Boralex's asset portfolio, according to the companies. The solar park has a 20-year contract with Electricite de France and required an investment of 14.6 million euros.
‘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,’ says Patrick Lemaire, president and CEO of Boralex. 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.
SOURCE: Boralex Inc.