Photosol is developing these plants in Auvergne and Midi-Pyrenees regions including three plants totaling 37MW in the communes of Dompierre sur Bresbe, Gennetines and Marmanhac, and another facility with 11MW in Sarrazac.

Jayme da Costa Energie is responsible for providing engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for all four projects, which have been designed to have a minimal impact on the communities and ecosystems.

Of the total plants, three are to be developed on pastureland that would allow landowners the additional benefit of being able to graze livestock at the sites, the last site near an oak forest includes access for wild animals, the company claims.

Photosol managing director David Guinard said as France actively promotes the adoption of solar energy, these latest projects will contribute towards the country’s efforts to diversify its energy mix.

"We expect these projects to make a significant local impact by providing communities with clean energy and contributing significantly to Europe’s CO2 reduction goals."

"Our choice of First Solar’s thin-film modules was based on a combination of cost-competitiveness, unrivalled bankability, the ability of its modules to reliably deliver solar power and the fact that the technology has the smallest carbon footprint, with the fastest energy payback time," added Guinard.