Carbon names location for planned gigawatt factory

French company Carbon SAS has named the southern French municipality of Fos-sur-mer in the Bouches-du-Rhône department as the site for its planned solar factory. The project, announced in March 2022, envisages an annual production capacity of five gigawatts (GW) for solar cells and 3.5 GW for modules in an initial expansion phase. The factory, for which € 1.5 billion ($ 1.6 billion) is to be invested, is scheduled to open in late 2025 and reach full capacity the following year. By 2030, Carbon plans to produce 30 GW of wafers, 20 GW of cells and 15 GW of modules at several sites in Europe, according to current plans.
Public consultation is now beginning for the 60-hectare site in Fos-sur-mer, and Carbon plans to approach the Commission nationale du débat public (CNDP) responsible for this »soon.« Among other things, the proximity to the port of Marseille is an argument in favor of the municipality on the Côte d'Azur, the company said.

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