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Q Energy kicks off construction of 74.3MW floating solar project in Europe

Q Energy has kicked off construction of one of the largest floating solar projects in Europe.

The Les Ilots Blandin solar project will have a capacity of 74.3MW. The floating project will be located in the northwest of France.

The project will take around 18 months for construction while the provisional commissioning is likely in early 2025. 

According to the company, the generated power will come from several islands spread over a 127-hectare site of former gravel pits. The company further infomed it will install more than 134,000 solar modules on floats to form six islands anchored to the banks or to the bottom of the flooded pits.

The floating solar system will be maximising energy efficiency.

Q Energy France has been developing floating solar projects, mostly at former quarry sites since 2018.

“Les Ilots Bladin is a wonderful example of how water areas can make an important contribution to the energy transition. Q Energy is continuously focusing on new technologies to make further areas usable in harmony with nature and to supply Europe with green electricity,” Q Energy France managing director Jean-Francois Petit was quoted in a statement.

So far, the company has a development pipeline of more than 300MW of floating PV projects.


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