The 4,5 MW project managed by The meeco Group in coordination with So/Lar Corse, ABB and Ralos has been successfully connected to the Corsican grid. Last Monday 29th November, the official “Mise en service industrielle” notification from EDF was communicated with the first kilowatts flowing into the grid on that same day.
With the official grid connection notification comes the first major step into capitalizing the return on investment. EDF/SEI started effectively compensating each kWh produced and delivered to the substation. In these circumstances and upon signing of the Power Purchasing Agreement or “Contrat d’Achat”, the Prunu fixed ground-mounted PV installation was achieved in the legal time frame as defined in Art. 4 from French decree of 09/12/2010 and consequently, will benefit the Purchase obligation at the FIT of July 2006 granting a 42 EURO cent/kWh Feed-in Tariff.
‘Timely project execution according to planning has been a key success factor at Prunu’ says Eric Borremans, Head of project for The meeco Group. ‘Given the current PV French market climate, we are very glad to finalize the project with a 42 cents Tariff and convey the required trust to the project shareholders that meeco projects can be trusted’ adds Borremans.
One of the major events early this week that made the grid-feeding possible was the successful activation of the ABB Transformer Centers. Indeed, ABB recently signed the commissioning of 5 Transformer Centers, civil works engineering and the online connection with Ralos, the project EPC contractor. ‘The very final procedure we will soon take place as we are about to receive EDF’s Contrat d’Achat (Power Purchasing Agreement) for the power plant’ comments Jo Hanns Dieter Trutschler, Sales Director of the meeco Executive Board.
Below are some recent impressions of the site and its positive integration in the local landscape.