Hanwha Q CELLS GmbH, the German subsidiary of one of the largest solar cell and module manufacturers in the world, has supplied its award-winning and certified low-carbon Q.PEAK-G4.2 305 W solar modules to a large ground-mounted solar farm in western France.
Situated in the commune of Baud in France’s Brittany region, the 4.5 MW solar plant was officially inaugurated and connected to the central grid on July 8. Comprising 14,592 solar modules from Q CELLS, the solar farm is the largest single ground-mounted PV installation in Brittany, and was developed by local French renewable energy company Quadran.
Q CELLS was identified as an ideal module supply partner for the project, having secured a carbon footprint (CFP) certification of 300 kg-eq/CO²/kWc for its Q.PEAK module range earlier this year.
Such CFP certifications on solar modules are a requirement mandated by the French government in order to ensure that renewable energy growth is as environmentally friendly as possible. In order to be permitted to participate in France’s renewable energy tenders, developers must utilize only those solar components that possess CFP certification.
A shining achievement for Brittany
The 4.5 MW solar plant’s developer, Quadran, in early July hosted a well-attended even to mark the inauguration of the installation, which is located at Quinipily in Baud, Morbihan.
Interest in the solar farm is high for a number of reasons. As the largest such array in Brittany, covering seven hectares, the 4.5 MW solar plant will meet the annual electricity consumption needs of 4,400 local inhabitants, while offsetting emissions of 1,710 tonnes of C02 each year.
Furthermore, some 40% of the installation’s costs were crowdfunded by citizen financing – which ensures that offtaker EDF will pay an additional €3/MWh of power produced.
Maengyoon Kim, Head of EU Sales at Q CELLS, said: “The entire project at Quinipily is a wonderful achievement, and a testament to the desire of local citizens and the developer Quadran to boost the region’s clean energy footprint. As a leading solar module brand in France, Q CELLS was delighted that its low-carbon solar modules were selected for such a landmark solar farm.”
Laurent Bodin, director France and Africa sales Q CELLS said: “Q CELLS continues to invest in carbon footprint (CFP) value optimization because we believe that the French model is the most eco-friendly way to participate in the goal of CO² emission reduction for the planet. In addition to the Q.PEAK-G4.2 modules used in the Quinipily installation, our award-winning Q.PEAK DUO range of modules, also boasting a lower CFP value, will be available soon.”