The French companies from the renewable push hard on the international

It goes almost a week without a French company in the renewable announces a development or a significant investment abroad. These days, it is Akuo, which announ

The French companies from the renewable push hard on the international

It goes almost a week without a French company in the renewable announces a development or a significant investment abroad. These days, it is Akuo, which announces the commissioning of a wind power plant of 50 megawatts (MW) in the dominican Republic. An investment of several tens of millions of dollars, realized in partnership with the world Bank, and a major challenge in the region, as the site will provide green electricity to 150,000 homes. Currently, Akuo has over 3 gigawatts (GW) of projects in development. The company already relies on 1.2 GW of assets in operation and under construction.

A real know-how, widely recognized

For his part, Voltalia announced the construction of the solar project Kopere, Kenya, which also displays a power of 50 MW. This project is based on a contract of sale of electricity for 20 years, ratified with KPLC, the national electricity company of Kenya. Kopere will be the largest solar park owned by Voltalia abroad. The company insists on "his rapid progress in a favorable context of high demand for cheap electricity". With all of its new projects, Voltalia has just surpassed the one gigawatt installed or under construction. Established in 18 countries, it employs nearly 600 employees.

The appetite of the ETI French for the grand international has several reasons: first, they are obliged to find a market outside the territory of home because if the government has periodically announced major programmes in favour of green energy, the procedures to implement them may take years. On the other hand, the ETI French have a real know-how, widely recognized at the international level. Finally, they are generally well received by the authorities in place. Under-heard: they do not come in conquered territory such as some companies in other countries. In its communication, Eric Scotto, president of Akuo, welcome to the perfect agreement with the dominican government in the service of energy transition and efficient.

Updated Date: 17 June 2019, 00:00

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