TotalEnergies has launched its largest photovoltaic solar power plant in France, with a capacity of 55 megawatts (MW).
The solar farm, located northeast of Gien (Loiret), comprises 126,000 photovoltaic panels spread over 75 hectares. The plant will produce around 64 GWh per year, equivalent to the annual electricity consumption of 38,000 people and keep more than 550,000 tons of CO2 out of the atmosphere during its lifetime.
This photovoltaic project is part of a sustainable, responsible approach designed to support the development of renewable energies in France. Hence, this project includes:
- A participative financing: To involve site neighbours and share the value created by these projects with the regions, the plant was built with a participative financing in an amount of €2,200,200 to which 212 residents of the Loiret and surrounding departments largely contributed.
- A plan to protect biodiversity: The Company has put in place the measures required to preserve biodiversity, including the creation of bat shelters and the construction of a pond to promote amphibian reproduction.
TotalEnergies teams will operate and maintain the plant locally throughout its 30-year operating lifespan.
“TotalEnergies once again confirms its commitment to the development of renewable energies in partnership with the regions. I would like to thank all of the project stakeholders who helped develop our largest solar farm in France. This commissioning contributes to France’s energy transition and is a further step towards our goal of reaching 4 GW of renewable generation capacity by 2025. It reinforces our commitment to be a major player in renewable energy in France,” said Thierry Muller, CEO of TotalEnergies Renewables France.
Furthermore, in mid-November, TotalEnergies was awarded 51 megawatts (MW) of solar projects in the 10th round of the CRE 4 (French Energy Regulatory Commission) tender. The eight winning projects will be commissioned by the end of 2023 and then operated and maintained by TotalEnergies’ teams, whose local workforce is expected to grow. In the last ten bidding periods, TotalEnergies has won 707 MW of solar projects, placing it second among all developers in France.
TotalEnergies and renewable electricity
As part of its ambition to get to net zero by 2050, TotalEnergies is building a portfolio of activities in renewables and electricity. At the end of September 2021, TotalEnergies’ gross renewable electricity generation capacity is 10 GW. TotalEnergies will continue to expand this business to reach 35 GW of gross production capacity from renewable sources by 2025, and then 100 GW by 2030 with the objective of being among the world’s top 5 producers of electricity from wind and solar energy.
TotalEnergies is a global multi-energy company that produces and markets energies: oil and biofuels, natural gas and green gases, renewables, and electricity. Our 105,000 employees are committed to energy that is ever more affordable, cleaner, more reliable, and accessible to as many people as possible. Active in more than 130 countries, TotalEnergies puts sustainable development in all its dimensions at the heart of its projects and operations to contribute to the well-being of people.