SunPower awarded 76 percent of France’s ZNI tender

SunPower announced that it was selected to provide 39.1 megawatts of solar photovoltaic technology under the French government’s tender for supplying the country’s ZNI (non-interconnected zones) with renewable energy and storage. SunPower secured 27 out of the total of 33 awards, or 76 percent, under the tender program. As part of its award, SunPower developed and will design and build five solar power installations in Corsica and the French West Indies, which will include battery storage technology.

“SunPower applauds the French government for promoting solar power development in the ZNI, and its forward-thinking approach to integrating battery storage with these projects to provide a more resilient, reliable and sustainable utility grid infrastructure,” said SunPower Executive Vice President Eduardo Medina. “With experience deploying more than six gigawatts of solar technology around the world, SunPower is committed to working with our customers to deliver the most innovative, high performance solutions to maximize long-term energy output, cost-effectively and sustainably.”

SunPower was selected to supply 20.7 megawatts of its high efficiency solar panels, the world’s first and only direct current solar panels to achieve the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Silver designation for sustainable practices used in manufacturing. In addition, the company will design and build five development projects, totaling 18.4 megawatts of solar with battery storage. All of the projects are expected to be operational by mid-year 2019.

In Corsica, SunPower will build two solar power plants of approximately five megawatts each, and one 1.5-megawatt rooftop solar power system. All three projects, totaling 11.3 megawatts, are being developed in partnership with Corsica Sole.

SunPower will build two solar power plant projects on disturbed lands in the French West Indies, including a four-megawatt system at a refinery in Martinique and a three-megawatt system at a quarry in Guadeloupe.

SunPower, an affiliate of Total (CAC: TOTF.PA), operates facilities in De Vernejoul and Toulouse, France, where it sustainably manufactures high efficiency solar panels for the European market and beyond. The company has more than 2.5 gigawatts of solar power plants operating or under contract around the world.