Construction has begun on a new biomass energy generation station in French Guiana, helping the South American French territory move closer to its renewable energy goals for 2023.
Paris-based Voltalia said it is now building the 5.1-MW Cacoa biomass power plant, with a planned commissioning date in 2020.
According to the French government, the energy strategy for French Guiana currently focuses on development of biomass, solar and hydropower generation. France plans to achieve 83 percent renewables in French Guiana’s energy mix by 2023.
Voltalia said that, with the commissioning of the Cacao facility, the company will operate six renewable power plants in the country — two biomass, three solar and one hydro — for a total installed capacity of 22.7 MW, representing close to 10 percent of the net electricity produced and delivered on the coastal area of Guiana.
The Cacao facility will operate on the combustion of wood waste locally sourced from forestry operations managed by the National Forestry Office and neighboring sawmills.
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