French operator TotalEnergies has launched its largest solar power plant in France.
The photovoltaic solar power plant in Gien will have a capacity of 55 megawatts, producing about 64 gigawatt hours per year.
“This commissioning contributes to France’s energy transition and is a further step towards our goal of reaching 4 GW of renewable generation capacity by 2025,” said Thierry Muller, chief executive of TotalEnergies Renewables France.
“It reinforces our commitment to be a major player in renewable energy in France.”
TotalEnergies will operate the plant during and expects the project to keep more than 550,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere over its anticipated 30-year lifespan.
The project includes participative financing, where 212 residents of the region helped contribute €2.2 million (US$2.5 million) to the plant.
TotalEnergies also claims to have put in measures to protect biodiversity in the area, including the creation of bat shelters and constructing a pond to promote amphibian reproduction.
The French energy giant has been escalating its renewables investments and just last week signed a memorandum of understanding with the General Electricity Company of Libya to develop 500 MW of solar power in the country.
The company has also won a total of 707 MW of solar projects in the last 10 bidding periods of the French Energy Regulatory Commission tender.
TotalEnergies plans to reach net zero emissions by 2050, hoping to reach 35 GW of gross production capacity from renewable sources by 2025 and 100 GW by 2030.