Munich, 15. Juni 2010 - Siemens Energy has received its first large-scale photovoltaic order from France. Purchaser is Eco Delta Développement (EDD), a project developer for renewable energies, whose subsidiary Delta Solar is developing the photovoltaic park. Siemens will handle the turnkey construction of six solar power plants with a combined capacity of 30 megawatts peak (MWp) in Les Mées in the province Alpes-de-Haute-Provence. The plants are scheduled to go on line in stages starting in the summer of 2011 and will supply ecofriendly power to around 12,000 French households.
“With this order we are entering in the French solar market," said René Umlauft, CEO of the Renewable Energy Division of Siemens Energy. The market will increase from today’s 350 MWp installed solar plant capacity to as much as to 5400 MWp in 2020. “With its vast experience in the turnkey erection of power plants Siemens is capable of implementing solar projects of this size. In France we see good prospects for our future solar business.”
The photovoltaic plants will be built on an area extending across 66 hectares on the Puimichel plateau, which has excellent insolation. Siemens as turnkey contractor will be responsible for all aspects of construction of the six photovoltaic plants, including civil works, supports, inverters, transformers, grid connection, control system and structures for the approximately 111,000 solar panels. The order includes an operation & maintenance (O&M) agreement.
Photovoltaic plants are part of the Siemens environmental portfolio with which the company earned revenues of nearly EUR23 billion in fiscal 2009. This makes Siemens the world's largest provider of environmentally compatible technology. In the same period, the company's products and solutions enabled customers to reduce their CO2 emission by 210 million tons. This amount equals the combined annual CO2 emissions of New York, Tokyo, London and Berlin.
Source: Siemens AG