June 17, 2014 – DuPont recently celebrated the completion of its largest solar power installation to date by inaugurating a 4.5MW solar power plant at its facility in Cernay, France. The company's deployment of solar power continues to expand, consistent with its aim to address the growing global demand for energy while reducing dependence on fossil fuels.
Spread over 6 hectares, the Cernay facility features 18,400 crystalline silicon solar panels, manufactured by Jinko Solar. The Cernay installation was connected to the grid in March 2014 and is expected to produce 5 million kWh of solar-generated electricity each year, which is roughly the equivalent to the amount of electricity 2,000 households consume every year in France.
The project was developed by Hanau Energies and was built in a record time of two months. It falls under a 20-year power purchase agreement with energy provider Eléctricité Réseau Distribution France (ERDF).
"We are extremely proud to partner with a global player like DuPont on this project in France. The solar park in Cernay is a perfect illustration for how advanced and reliable technology and best practices in installation, operations and maintenance can be put into practice," said Jean-Luc Westphal, president, Hanau Energies.
The project is aligned with Cernay's federation of municipalities aim to preserve resources and limit its environmental footprint. At the global and national levels, the development of solar and other renewable energy sources are expected to grow in the overall energy mix. According to industry analyst IHS, France's annual installation of solar is expected to increase by 50 percent in 2014 to exceed 800MW and should keep growing steadily over the following years. Globally, solar is expected to grow 20 percent annually each of the next several years.
"The solar park in Cernay is a prime example of DuPont demonstrating its commitment to develop collaborative and innovative solutions and helping to ensure a more energy secure future," said Martin Virot, country leader, DuPont France. "We are pleased to see this project realized in France, leveraging our advanced materials to ensure a well-performing, long-term source of electricity as we strive to meet the growing global energy demand more sustainably."
"The Cernay solar park is a brilliant showcase of socially responsible investment and collaboration between the private and public sectors, Member of Parliament and Mayor of Cernay, Michel Sordi concluded. I congratulate DuPont, who continues to be at the forefront of science and technology and has developed multiple projects in the region for over 30 years."