French module makers request permits to build GW-scale panel factories – pv magazine International

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French PV module manufacturers Carbon and Holosolis said this week that they have both filed requests for construction permits to build 5 GW solar cell and module manufacturing facilities in France.

The two companies are expected to invest more than €600 million ($641.3 million) each. These amounts are why they had to submit their plans to the National Commission for Public Debate (CNDP) for approval.

Carbon plans to build its factory in Fos-sur-Mer, in Bouches-du-Rhône department, southern France. The local prefecture will base its decision on the public inquiry, which should open in the summer. A preliminary consultation was held from Sept. 11 to Oct. 30, 2023. The CNDP plans to open a public inquiry in the summer of 2024.

Holosolis filed for a building permit on April 12.

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“By mid-2026, the production of photovoltaic panels and cells will start, with ultimately more than 10 million panels produced in France to serve our country and Europe,” said Holosolis CEO Jacob Boom-Wichers.

Holosolis plans to build its facility in Hambach, near Sarreguemines, northwestern France.

The French Ministry of the Economy and 29 entities signed a “Solar Pact” in early April. In this letter of intent, they vowed to purchase more French solar panels.

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