ENGIE, through its Solairedirect subsidiary, inaugurates the Group’s largest solar farm in France, at Gréoux-les-Bains

On 27 September, Solairedirect, an ENGIE subsidiary, inaugurates the Group’s largest solar farm in France, in the presence of the Mayor of Gréoux-les-Bains, in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department (04). The farm, that went into service in June 2017, covers an area of over 180 hectares. Thanks to its 300,000 solar panels and its 50 electricity transformer stations on the 2 sites of Vallongue (88.5ha) and Coteau du Rousset (92.7ha), it will produce 128 GWh per year, equivalent to the electricity consumption of around 85,000 people (excluding heating). With a capacity of 82 MW, it will also avoid the equivalent of 50,000 tonnes of CO2 per year to be released into the atmosphere.

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Enertis in France – Entering one of the most promising European renewable markets in the coming years

France is widely thought one of the most promising European renewable markets, since its renewable energy legal framework was modified in 2015. Enertis is opening a new office in Paris to be part of this new energy transformation in the French renewables market. Through the promulgation of the new ‘Energy Transition for Green Growth Act’ (Energy Transition Act) in 2015, France fully committed to an energy transformation, aiming to increase the share of renewable energy in its gross final energy consumption to 32 percent by 2030. To achieve this goal, France’s multiannual program of energy (PPE) sets objectives for the further development of renewable energy, specifying concrete target capacities for

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ABB selected for a €270 million order for UK-France power link

ABB is awarded the HVDC converter stations for the IFA2 interconnection ABB has won an order worth €270 million from the UK grid operator National Grid and Réseau de Transport d’Electricité (RTE), the French network owner and operator, to provide key HVDC (high-voltage direct current) technology that will help interconnect the electricity networks of France and the UK. ABB will participate in the interconnection project, which further integrates the UK and French electricity markets. With a capacity of 1,000 megawatts, the link will run from Chilling, Hampshire, on the southern coast of England to Tourbe in northern France, covering a distance of 240 kilometers across the English Channel. ABB will

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Siemens wins order for HVDC link between Great Britain and France

ElecLink interconnector to increase the existing interconnection capacity between the two countries by 50 percent Interconnector will foster energy exchanges, thus providing increased reliability and security to consumers throughout Europe ElecLink is one of the European Commission’s projects of common interest Siemens has been awarded an order to supply a link between the French and British power grids. The customer is ElecLink Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Groupe Eurotunnel SE. The “ElecLink” high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) link will enhance power supply reliability in both countries and promote the integration of renewable energy sources into the power grid. Siemens will supply the two HVDC converter stations at both sides of the

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The EU will invest 6.2 million euros in electrical interconnections between Spain and France

The European Union will invest 6.2 million euros to carry out a study on electrical interconnections between the French region of Aquitaine and the community of the Basque Country, as announced by the European Commission on Friday. The money will go to an additional study of the project “Gulf of Biscay”, said the Community Executive, which integrates the funding of this initiative within a total program of € 444 million investment in energy infrastructure in the EU as a whole Has received the approval of the Member States. The Vice-President of the EC and European Commissioner for Energy Union, Maros Sefcovic, in a statement stressed the importance of such projects

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