A new floating solar plant is born in France on a quarry flooded with water
Iberdrola, a leader in renewable energies, has been awarded the contract for the construction of its first floating solar plant in France. The project, which will be developed by the company’s French subsidiary, is scheduled to be located in the Provence region in the south of the country.
The floating solar plant, which will be installed on a 14-hectare area in a flooded quarry, will have an output of 12 MWp and will be capable of producing clean energy to supply more than 4,700 households. In addition, the plant will reduce the emission of more than 2,300 tons of CO2 per year.
Floating solar panel technology is one of the most innovative in the field of renewable energies, as it makes it possible to take advantage of aquatic spaces to generate clean electricity. In this way, the need to use land surfaces is reduced, which contributes to preserving the environment.
Iberdrola’s project in France is another example of the company’s commitment to sustainable development and the fight against climate change. With this initiative, the company is contributing to the transition towards a cleaner and more environmentally friendly energy model.
In addition, the construction of the floating solar plant in France will also provide an important boost to the local economy, as jobs will be generated during the plant’s construction and operation phase.
Iberdrola is a world leader in renewable energy and aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. The company has a portfolio of more than 33 GW of renewable energy installed worldwide and has invested more than 100 billion euros in the clean energy sector over the last two decades.
As part of its strategy to establish itself sustainably in France, Iberdrola will specialize in the development of floating solar PV projects on active industrial sites. Thierry Vergnaud, Iberdrola France’s director of the onshore division (onshore wind and photovoltaic), said, “We are very proud to contribute to the development of green energy production solutions in the municipality of Kurtzenhouse. This project strengthens Iberdrola France’s position in the Grand Est Region. In this region, the company is already developing a solar power plant for Solvay to supply green electricity to its plant in Tavaux (Jura). In parallel, Iberdrola is also working in Moselle on a 3 MW agrovoltaic solution to optimize milk production on a farm.”
The mayor of Kurtzenhouse, Marc Moser, stressed that “the installation of this floating solar power plant represents a real opportunity for our territory. This green energy production project contributes to the energy autonomy of the territory while fighting against global warming in a context marked by rising electricity prices.” Iberdrola’s floating solar power plant in France will be one of the largest in Europe and represents a further step in its commitment to sustainable development and the fight against climate change.
In summary, Iberdrola’s project to build its first floating solar plant in France is excellent news for the renewable energy sector and for the environment. This project shows how technological innovation and commitment to sustainability can go hand in hand to build a cleaner and more prosperous future for all.