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CGN wins bid for major French solar power project


CGN European Energy, a subsidiary of China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGN), has successfully bid for the French BlueBerry ground solar power project.

The win was announced by the French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy on Aug 22. It is the first time a Chinese company has won the contract for such a project in France.

Covering an area of 35 hectares, the 30MW BlueBerry project is located in Châteauroux in central France. It will be independently developed by CGN European Energy over a time span of two years. The project has already obtained a construction permit, 10 months faster than normal in France.

The French government is vigorously promoting the transformation of its energy industry and plans to develop 30GW of solar power in the next 20 years. Obtaining the contract will further polish up CGN’s image as a clean energy enterprise, and is beneficial to its expansion into French solar power projects.

This year, CGN European Energy has bid successfully for French, Dutch and Swedish wind power projects capable of generating a total of 820 MW, all of which are either in operation or under construction. The most noteworthy is the Swedish North Pole project, the largest single-site onshore wind farm in Europe.

The current capacity of the company’s renewable energy assets in operation and under construction has reached almost 1.6GW.