30 Sep '15, 8am

Europe’s largest solar park: Squeezing out maximum energy from the minimum land space

Looking out from an aeroplane window high above the city of Bordeaux in south-western France, it’s hard to miss a mammoth block of more than 300 football pitches worth of solar panels jutting out of the forest, marking dramatic a change from the Aquitaine region’s famed vineyards. Europe’s largest solar park, standing at a record-breaking 300MW capacity, has been installed at a time of general slowdown in the European solar market, with subsidies slowly but surely being squeezed out of the picture. However, France-based PV developer Neoen managed to complete the park in just 10 months and has now connected it to the grid, marking a major milestone for Europe’s somewhat muffled PV ambitions. It is also nearly three times more powerful than the France’s second biggest plant, which stands at 115MW.

Full article: http://www.pv-tech.org/editors_blog/europes_largest_solar...

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