Ciel & Terre, French provider of floating PV systems (FPV), announced the completion of its 70 MW floating solar plant in the province of Anhui, China. The facility has been completed in late 2018 and was officially accepted in March following tests and monitoring. Located on a former coal-mining area, in Yongqiao district, Suzhou city, the floating PV array will mainly aim to improve the energy structure in the province and the quality of the environment on-site. Constructor China Energy Conservation Solar Technology Co., Ltd., and the EPC China Energy Engineering Group Shanxi Electric Power Design Institute Co., Ltd., contributed to build the biggest floating solar plant supplied by Ciel & Terre.
The FPV system has been connected to the national grid, a new 18-kilometer-long 110 V overhead line is built to optimize the transport of electricity. According to the company, it is Ciel & Terre’s biggest project so far, covering an area of 1.4 square kilometer (140 ha). The plant is expected to generate up to 77,693 MWh in its first year. This project completes another project supplied by Ciel & Terre in Anhui province, the 32 MW GCL floating PV plant. The complex was built using the Hydrelio technology designed by Ciel & Terre. So far, the track-record of the company reaches 300 MW.