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Chinese PV for largest solar roof in France

Hanwha Solar supplies PV for 9 hectare solar rooftop installation in Rion-des-Landes

The solar roof will add to large scale PV rooftop installations across Europe

Chinese PV is being used to develop the largest solar rooftop in France. Hanwha Solar, a photovoltaic manufacturer based in China, has delivered 7.7MW of PV modules for the largest rooftop installation in the country.

Solvéo Energie, French EPC and customer of Hanwha Solar, has constructed a building in the municipality of Rion-des-Landes, which is designed to create ideal cultivation conditions for a Ginseng plantation. By equipping the rooftop with solar modules, the building furthermore secures the financing of the project. The plantation was officially inaugurated 21st September 2012.

Charles Kim, president of Hanwha Solar, said: "The Rion-des-Landes plant demonstrates how synergies with solar energy can successfully bring innovative projects forward. France is one of our key markets in Europe and we will continuously expand our presence and engagement here."

The 9 hectare rooftop is equipped with 36,900 PV panels, totaling 8.7MW installed capacity, of which 7.7MW have been delivered by Hanwha Solar. With an expected annual production of 10,000,000 kWh, the new home of Ginseng plants will cover the average electricity consumption of 4,000 households. In view of this large scale, the short construction phase of only six months is even more striking. Besides delivering its PV modules, Hanwha Solar was able to facilitate flexible financing through its financing tool kit that is available for selected projects.

"The cooperation with Hanwha Solar made the realisation of this huge project possible," said Jean-Marc Matéos, president of Solvéo Energie. "The professionalism and responsiveness of service that Hanwha Solar displayed during the process have significantly contributed to the successful construction."

Hanwha said the production of Ginseng represents a new and promising approach within the French agricultural sector: with the plantation in Rion-des-Landes, France GINSENG, the producer of the medicinal plant, implements its third cultivation area in France. However, cultivation of Ginseng is demanding, as the roots need four years before they can be harvested and the Ginseng plant thrives in shady areas only.

With the construction developed by Solvéo Energie, both ideal growing conditions and financing for the project could be secured: the huge roof of the building protects the plants from the sun, whereas the PV modules produce valuable energy.

"We are very proud that Solvéo Energie chose Hanwha Solar as partner for this challenging and innovative project," said Laurent Bodin, Sales Director of Hanwha Solar France. "The collaboration with Solvéo Energie was highly professional and inspiring, resulting in a win-win situation for both parties. We look forward to future cooperation with Solvéo."