DuPont (NYSE:DD) has completed its largest solar power plant in Cernay, France, a 4.5 megawatt facility located on 15 acres of land. The facility uses 18,400 crystalline silicon solar panels manufactured by Jinko Solar, and is expected to generate 5 million kilowatt hours of electricity every year. DuPont has a 20-year power purchase agreement with Electricite Reseau Distribution France.
The panels use Tedlar polyvinyl fluoride film-based backsheets and Solamet photovoltaic metallization pastes, according to a company statement. These materials, designed by DuPont, improve the panel's energy output and durability. Tedlar is the only material proven to protect panels from outdoor conditions for more than 30 years.
The project was supported by local government authorities and works with Cernay's federation of municipalities goal to reduce the area's environmental impact.
"The solar park in Cernay is a prime example of DuPont demonstrating its commitment to develop collaborative and innovative solutions and helping to ensure a more energy secure future," DuPont France Country Leader Martin Virot said.
DuPont has 12 other solar installations around the world. In total, they generate more than 11 million kwh of electricity each year.