March 9th, VERGNET attended the 3rd national photovoltaic conference in Lyon which topic was “Solar PV power: the new deal of energy”. Ségolène Royal, the French Minister of Energy, Environmental and Sustainable Development (repented by the vice-director of renewable energy solutions at the ministry, Oliver David) opened the conference and introduced the panel discussions.
This conference was mainly focussed on 3 key topics :
– Make a success of the integration to the market of energy (Réussir l’intégration au marché de l’énergie)
– Make a commitment in the digital revolution of the energy (S’engager dans la révolution numérique de l’énergie)
– Promote capabilities from France worldwide (Faire rayonner la France sur le marché mondial)
The reform of support mechanisms, together with the important decrease of the solar PV generated energy price and the global development of this technology have changed the view of energy worldwide.
Solar PV is becoming more competitive with grid electricity across the world and is going to play a major role in the energy mix of countries with new challenges and new markets.
Tomaso Charlemont, VERGNET Business Development Manager, attended the conference and took part to discussions and debates with other SER Soler members about market outlook and opportunities in Vergnet’s key markets such as Africa and French oversea territories.
In the frame of encouraging and advancing renewable energy projects in Africa, Ségolène Royal, the French Minister of Energy, Environmental and Sustainable Development, visited Vergnet’s Ashegoda Wind Farm, in Ethiopia last year, the first and largest wind farm in sub-Saharan Africa.
VERGNET also has experience specifically in Nigeria with its Osogbo solar power plant in Osun State. The project integrates the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) of a 13 MWp solar PV plant. The project will also include construction and implementation of an important training centre aimed at paving the way for future solar projects handled by local properly trained Nigerians. Up to 80 engineers and technicians per year will be trained to solar energy techniques.
VERGNET’s track record spans over 25 years and includes successful renewable energy installations within the mining industry including a zinc mine in El Toqui, Chile, South America with Seawind and a National Mining and Industrial Company (SNIM) iron mine in Nouadhibou, Mauritania, West Africa.