The first two floating photovoltaic units are for the Sun'Sète project, a demonstrator installed in a harbour 1.5 km offshore, and on the site of a former offshore oil unloading station. Twenty-three more modules will be added over the next few months over a 0.5-ha area, increasing the total installed power to 300 kWp.
At that point, production capacity should be 400 MWh/year with the electricity generated transported by a submarine cable to supply infrastructures around the harbor at Sète.
SolarinBlue started development in 2021 and obtained all administrative authorizations in 2022. The French authorities are said to have scrutinized the environmental aspects of the project.
The company, founded in 2019, is now developing a portfolio of offshore solar projects in France and internationally.