At a press conference held on 11 December 2017, Jean-Bernard Lévy, the EDF Group’s Chairman and Chief Executive, announced the launch the EDF Solar Power Plan.
Over the period of 2020 to 2035, the EDF Group, through its subsidiary EDF Energies Nouvelles, intends to develop and build solar plants in France totalling 30GW of installed capacity, in addition to its other renewables development initiatives in France and worldwide. This volume is four times greater than France’s current solar energy capacity.
This ambition is aligned with the government’s goal of rebalancing France’s energy mix through the massive expansion of renewable energy capacity across the country. EDF’s Solar Power Plan is also expected to create tens of thousands of jobs in France during the construction period.
The EDF Group will leverage all its resources in order to sustain a vigorous rate of expansion:
- Identification and use of land from its portfolio of land assets: locations close to nuclear power plants, reconversion of industrial wasteland or dismantled sites, development of floating solar plants on hydroelectric sites;
- Use of internal resources;
- Involvement of industrial and financial partners.
Along with the above, EDF will also be working together with the public authorities to identify suitable parcels of land for the construction of new solar facilities.
Source: EDF Energies Nouvelles
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