EDF Energies Nouvelles update on Nanosolar Photovoltaic projects

Gabardan 2.8 MWp (MegaWatt-peak) Nanosolar test installation commissioned.
Oregon Nanosolar photovoltaic (PV) projects on track for end of 2011 power delivery.

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Researching Nanosolar 1.1 MegaWatt-peak Photovoltaic Plant Visit, I asked EDF Energies Nouvelles a question:

Has EDF Energies Nouvelles completed either of the 3MWp projects using Nanosolar Utility Panels in Gabardan, France, or Salem, Oregon USA?

These were mentioned on page 37 of your 2010 Activity Report:
"In 2011, EDF Energies Nouvelles is building a 3 MW test installation in Gabardan (France) with Nanosolar Utility Panels and another 3 MW installation in Salem, Oregon (USA)."

After a delay, EDF Energies Nouvelles spokesperson Clotilde Nicolas said:

I confirm a 2.8 MWp test installation with Nanosolar technology has been commissioned within the Gabardan solar power plant in France.

The 2.8 MW Nanosolar installation is co-located at the 67.2 MWp solar farm completed last week per “EDF Energies Nouvelles completes the commissioning of the Gabardan solar farm in France”. The 67.2 MW solar farm utilizes about 872300 “next-generation” First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ:FSLR) (FS Series 3?) PV modules.

Based on the April 2011 Data Sheet, Nanosolar Utility Panel, I estimate the 2.8 MW Nanosolar PV installation required from 11667 to 15556 modules depending on the rated power and module mix. The Nanosolar Utility Panel Watt-peak (Wp) rated power ranges from 180 to 240 Watts corresponding to module efficiencies of 8.99% to 11.98% respectively.

enxco_logo In addition, enXco, Inc., Director, Marketing & Communications, Sandi Briner said:

The Oregon projects are in the final stages of construction and expected to be delivering electricity to Portland General Electric before the end of the year.  I will be making a press release when operation begins.  We have two sites in Oregon:

Bellevue Solar Project:  1.66 MW
Yamhill Solar Project:  1.19 MW

Both sites are utilizing Nanosolar panels.

The project names and sizes (within 10’s of kiloWatts) match the September 2010 press release, “enXco signs agreements with Portland General Electric for solar PV installation” which said:

The Bellevue Solar Project site will comprise 1.69 MW of capacity and the Yamhill Solar Project site will produce 1.15 MW. The projects will connect to the existing PGE utility system, which provides power for 822,000 customers in 52 Oregon cities within a 4,000 square mile service territory.

Portland General Electric Company (NYSE: POR) signed two Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) with enXco, an EDF Energies Nouvelles Company, for the power generated by the Nanosolar installations located near Salem, Oregon USA, in the Willamette Valley.

These projects add up to a whopping 5.65 MWp of module shipments and installations by Nanosolar for 2011. Let’s hope Nanosolar module reliability and performance has been improved since the first 1.1 MWp photovoltaic plant installation discussed in the last post.

Other Nanosolar Project Partners BELECTRIC, Plain Energy GmbH, and AES Solar Energy Ltd., a joint venture of The AES Corporation (NYSE:AES) and Riverstone Holdings LLC, may also have projects in the works.

(Full disclosure: I =still= own some shares of FSLR stock.)

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