France has announced its intentions to be a world leader in solar power by opening up bidding on May 15 for a 300 MW solar project that would see new solar plants being built throughout the country.
The cost of the project will be roughly $2.03 billion and the country's Minister of Ecology, Jean-Louis Borloo, hopes that all the plants will be built by 2011. So, not only is France looking to produce a lot of solar power, they're trying to do so very quickly.
The country, already fourth in Europe in solar capacity, has about 69 MW installed, so this new project will have to create an additional capacity of 231 MW over the next two years. That's quite an ambitious project, but the country has enacted policies that allow for faster solar plant construction and solar PV deployment, so without the extra red tape, their goal may be easier to reach.
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