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Boralex powers up French solar park

Boralex has powered up its first solar park, with an installed capacity of 4.5 megawatts in the Midi-Pyrenees region in France and Photowatt switches on Kitchener’s big rooftop installation.


June 30, 2011
by PLANT STAFF

MONTREAL: Boralex Inc. has powered up its first solar park, with an installed capacity of 4.5 megawatts in the Midi-Pyrenees region in France.

The Montreal power company installed the park at the same site as its wind farm, which has a 12.5-megawatt capacity. The two parks at the Avignonet-Lauragais site establish the first mixed renewable energy site in France.

Boralex’s solar installation covers about 13 hectares and is composed of 20,320 photovoltaic panels using Q-Cells.

The Q-Cells Group, a German manufacturer of photovoltaic products, took over the engineering and construction of the site.

Boralex projects the 5,000 megawatt-hours of electricity will meet the non-heating needs of about 1,750 French households and avoid the emission of close to 1,100 tonnes of CO2.

In Canada, Photowatt Ontario has completed a 500-kilowatt solar rooftop installation for Kitchener’s new Consolidated Maintenance Facility.

Photowatt, a subsidiary of ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. in Cambridge, Ont., said the project is one of the largest solar roof-top installations in Canada. It covers almost 70,000 square feet and is to generate enough power to run an estimated 75 homes for a year and offset approximately 600 tons of CO2 emissions annually.

Photowatt Ontario was the solar system developer with responsibility for designing and installing the solar array and associated monitoring systems and producing the solar modules.

The 2,660 solar modules used in the project were manufactured at the company’s photovoltaic module facility in the Green Wing of the ATS campus in Cambridge.