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Engie, Suez partner to develop 1GW solar plants at waste recycling facilities in France

CTBR Staff Writer Published 07 March 2018

Engie has partnered with environmental solutions provider Suez to develop solar plants across all the recycling & recovery waste storage facilities in mainland France.

The two companies aim to establish 1GW of solar plants across 100 sites.

The SUEZ sites picked for the development of solar energy are primarily waste recycling and treatment facilities which are located on large plots of land throughout the country. 

At these plants, Engie intends to design, build and operate the solar plants. The partnership follows the two companies’ strategy to undertake projects that focus on energy transition and the circular economy.

The facilities have an estimated potential to generate about 1GW of clean energy, which is equivalent of the energy generated by a nuclear reactor. The capacity is also estimated to offset the release of 27,500 tonnes of CO2 per year.  

The first solar park under the partnership will be a ground mounted 12MW plant at the Drambon storage facility in the Côte-d’Or department in eastern France. This plant is expected to begin operations later this year.

Engie had an installed capacity of around 900MW of solar and 1.8GW of wind in the capacity at the end of 2017. The company has an aim of installing 2.2GW in solar and 3GW in wind power by the end of 2021.