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Mediterranean island 2.2MW solar park completed

Corsica energy park has 10,000 PV modules and is set to boost solar power in France

The 2.2MW Ucciani solar park in central Corsica. Image: Canopy
The 2.2MW Ucciani solar park in central Corsica. Image: Canopy

A 2.2MWp solar park has been completed in the Mediterranean. German firm SCHOTT Solar AG and French company CANOPY SAS have announced successful completion of the Mediterranean solar energy project on the Island of Corsica.

The solar park, which features approximately 10,000 photovoltaic modules from the German manufacturer, has been completed near Ucciani in central Corsica. SCHOTT Solar and Canopy developed the project in partnership via a joint venture. The plant was constructed by Sade, a subsidiary of company Veolia.

The facility with a peak of 2.2MW has just been connected to the national grid and provides approximately 2.86GWh of eco-friendly solar power. In numerical terms, it will meet the energy needs of around 1,000 Corsican households.

The modules used in the Ucciani facility were developed for the SCHOTT PERFORM POLY series. Modules from SCHOTT Solar are known for their durability and flexibility.

Henri Franceschi, Ucciani`s lord mayor, said: “We are proud of this project. The completion of this plant contributes to the area’s economic development as well as Corsican independence in the energy sector."

Based on how satisfied they were with the first project, the community has issued a building permit for a second solar power plant that has already been submitted for tender.

The Ucciani facility is yet another success story for SCHOTT Solar Power Projects, the project division of SCHOTT Solar.

The project was originally initiated by Bernard Grimaldi, founder of the Corsican company Kyrnesole, and was entrusted to the SCHOTT Solar AG and Canopy joint venture in June 2011. The French company CANOPY is a project developer in photovoltaic and biomass energy that carries out the engineering, administrative, legal and financing work for project realisation. SCHOTT Solar specialises in financing projects as well as providing top-quality, high-performance modules.

“There is massive interest in this project," says Hans-Peter Karpenstein, SCHOTT Solar AG`s CFO. "The high irradiation level makes solar energy projects in Corsica very attractive."

Florent Wolff, president of CANOPY, said: “The improving cost trends are making renewable energy more and more competitive compared to traditional energy sources. Communities no longer want to be dependent on traditional energy providers. They are more and more interested in commissioning solar energy projects of this scale. Everyone wants to be first in line to employ alternative, sustainable forms of energy. Together with SCHOTT Solar, our projects will be at the forefront of this move.”