GDF Suez will build France’s largest photovoltaic solar power plant, which will have a capacity of 33MW.

The power facility, to be built in Curbans, will be fitted with about 145,000 photovoltaic panels to generate 43.5 million kWh of energy per year.

This will eliminate about 120,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions a year, GDF said in a statement.

The project is in line with the French utility’s strategy to have a diversified electricity production base with an installed capacity of 10,000MW by 2013.

A joint venture of GDF Suez, EuroFideme and SEIEF will construct, operate and maintain the plant.

The plant is expected to be commissioned by August 2011.