April 12 (Renewables Now) – France’s EDF Renewables last week unveiled a contract to supply power from a 20-MW solar park at home to a unit of domestic railway operator SNCF Voyageurs.
The partners have sealed a 20-year green corporate power purchase agreement (PPA) tied to the entire output of the photovoltaic (PV) plant, which is expected to be around 25 GWh.
SNCF Voyageurs signed the off-take deal through its subsidiary SNCF Energie to support its goal of using between 40% and 50% of renewables to cover the electricity consumption of its trains by 2025. In line with this target, talks are being held through SNCF Energie with “various renewable energy developers and producers.” The railway group will potentially seek to enter similar green corporate PPAs for up to 20% of the power requirements of its fleet.
The proposed solar farm will be installed in the municipalities of Lachapelle-Auzac and Souillac, Lot department, with its construction slated to begin in the next few months. Power generation is set to begin in 2023.
EDF is a unit of French utility EDF (EPA:EDF).