First mixed PV-wind connection in a private substation in France – PV Magazine International


Photovoltaic developer Sun’R Power and wind energy specialist Boralex have revealed their intention to connect part of the Cambrai-Niergnies solar project and the Seuil du Cambrésis wind farm to a single private substation.

By pv magazine FranceThe French region of Hauts-de-France is rapidly developing renewable energies, but it is saturated with substations. This slows down the development of clean energy, as solar and wind projects still struggle to access the electricity grid.

The French solar company Sun’R Power aims to remedy this lack of connection capacity. It joined forces with the Canadian wind power specialist Boralex to connect the third and final phase of the Cambrai-Niergnies solar park (CAM 3) to the network of the municipalities of Niergnies and Seranvillers-Forenville. With a capacity of 25.3 MWp, the third phase of the project will be commissioned in the first half of 2021.

Boralex, which operates the neighboring Seuil du Cambrésis wind farm, built its own private substation in the city of Proville in 2019. The community will eventually manage a total production capacity of 70 MW. Boralex will remain RTE’s only contact on the connection, which should simplify administrative procedures.

“The Sun’R Group has always considered constraints as a source of innovation,” said Antoine Nogier, president and founder of Sun’R. “Thanks to this mixed connection, we will continue to contribute to the energy transition of Hauts-de-France.

Nicolas Wolff, vice-president and general manager of Boralex Europe, also praised the project.

“Sun’R Power’s connection to our Proville station is an example of agility and creativity,” Wolff said. “It’s a success for the joint deployment of wind and solar power.”

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