Europe’s Largest Solar PV Plant Connected To Grid

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Originally published on Sustainnovate.
By Henry Lindon

Biggest Solar PV Project In Europe Now Connected To Grid

The 300 megawatt Cestas solar photovoltaic project in France has now been fully connected to the electric grid, according to recent reports.

The achievement of full-grid connection followed the connection of the last 12 megawatt (MW) portion of the project — making for a total of 25 different 12 MW project portions.

The solar photovoltaic (PV) project — the largest in the whole of Europe, located in the Bordeaux region of France — is set to be officially inaugurated on December 1st. The project was built by a consortium featuring the French company Eiffage, Krinner, and Schneider Electric.

“The Cestas project is full erected, the mechanical completion has been achieved since September 30, and now it has been fully connected to the grid,” stated Patrick de Labrusse, the project director for Cestas consortium, in a conversation with pv magazine. “We are very satisfied because the consortium has performed very well and we’ve been able to execute what we anticipated to do at the beginning of the contract.”

“The handover was targeted for early January and we will be able to complete it in late November or in the early days of December,” continued de Labrusse.

Related: Europe’s Largest Solar PV Plant To Come Up In France


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