French electric utility company Électricité de France (EDF) intends to develop and construct 30GW of solarpower plants in the country through its subsidiary EDF Energies Nouvelles.

To be built by 2035, the new projects will be part of the newly launched EDF Solar Power Plan.

On completion, the total installed capacity will be four times greater than the country’s current 7.4GW, as reported on 30 June this year.

“The new projects will be part of the newly launched EDF Solar Power Plan.”

EDF chairman and CEO Jean-Bernard Lévy said: “The Solar Power Plan is of an unparalleled scale and marks a real turning point in EDF’s development of solarpower capacity.

“It is a concrete illustration of the goals outlined in the group’s CAP 2030 strategy, which was initiated in 2015 and aims to double the group’s installed renewable energy capacity by 2030. EDF now has a new roadmap in renewables for the next fifteen years.”

To construct the plants, EDF will identify key sites from its portfolio of land assets, including locations in close proximity to nuclear power projects, industrial wastelands and dismantled sites.

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The company will also work in collaboration with the public authorities to identify suitable land for the developments.