Neoen, one of the leading French players in renewable energies, has launched Europe’s largest photovoltaic farm, located in Cestas (near Bordeaux, France).
The photovoltaic farm in Cestas has a total peak capacity of 300 MW and can generate enough energy in one year to service the domestic consumption needs of the entire population of Bordeaux. Generating electricity that is sold on at €105 per megawatt hour, the farm at Cestas is very competitive. That apart, its cutting-edge design is in itself the height of innovation: this farm generates three times as much electricity per hectare as most other farms built in France and Europe. It is proof of how photovoltaics can achieve the best possible efficiency in any given area.
Xavier Barbaro, Neoen’s Chief Executive Officer, says: “We are proud to unveil this exceptional project and, as the COP21 gets underway, to be writing a new chapter in the history of renewable energies in France. This farm is a testament to the performance of a French photovoltaics sector that has come together and is booming. Working alongside its industry partners, Neoen, the French leader in independent renewable energies, has shown that France is home to a whole host of expertise and that energy transition can indeed be a byword for economic opportunity both here in France and elsewhere.”
The Eiffage -‐ Schneider Electric -‐ Krinner consortium has designed and built the Cestas plant and is also overseeing the farm’s operations and maintenance needs.
Frédéric Carmillet, the CEO of Eiffage Énergie, is keen to stress that “the completion of Europe’s largest photovoltaic power plant in record time only goes to prove the Eiffage group’s ability to mobilise its range of expertise in order to offer integrated solutions and carry out large-scale turnkey energy production projects.”
For his part, Serge Goldenberg, SVP Solar Business at Schneider Electric, adds: “Schneider Electric is proud to have taken part in this major project. With our strong expertise in solar energy & grid connection, we are providing a complete solution for the management, control and supervision of the energy produced in the Cestas plant. Our comprehensive range of services will enable us to guarantee the equipment’s availability rate over a 20-year period. This is where the true asset of choosing our energy management solution for solar power lies: in a standardised and competitive solution that is nevertheless tailored to each individual project.”
The photovoltaic farm is directly connected to the RTE network grid, which has been specifically adapted to take the output generated by this site. As such, the local people of France’s Aquitaine region will share the benefits of this renewable energy source with French and European people alike.
The Cestas photovoltaic farm in figures
- An investment of €360 million
- Built in 10 months
- A total peak capacity of 300 MW, equivalent to a third of the output from a nuclear power plant
- 1 million modules
- 5,000 km of cable
- 204,000 screw-in foundations
- 100,000 fuses
- 1 year’s output supplies the domestic consumption needs for the entire population of Bordeaux
Founded in 2008 by Jacques Veyrat, Neoen is an independent energy producer and has Impala SAS as its majority shareholder via the Capénergie II fund (managed by Omnes Capital) and Bpifrance. Neoen develops, finances, builds and runs renewable-based power plants (in solar, wind and biomass). Neoen has operations in France, Portugal, Australia, Mexico, Egypt and El Salvador. By 2017, its aim is achieve an installed capacity exceeding 1,000 MW.
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One of the European leaders in public works and concessions, Eiffage’s activities are spread across its construction and property, road, metal and civil engineering as well as its energy and concessions business lines. The Group is able to draw on the experience of more than 66,000 employees and in 2014 achieved revenues of €14 billion – 16% of which were generated outside France.
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Developing quality solutions from innovative ideas is one of the secrets of the success of Krinner’s ground screws and photovoltaic structures. Growing interest in innovative screw-in foundations, especially in the field of renewable energies, has given Krinner an ideal opportunity to promote its specialised know-how. Krinner is a market leader in development and installation techniques as well as in terms of total installed power, with more than solar power plants generating 1.5 gigawatts all over the world. Backed by its high-tech equipment and years of experience, it is able to installer between 23 and 35 MWp of ground-based photovoltaic power facilities a month. Screw-in foundations and concrete-free solutions are the key to quick installation while protecting the environment. Krinner is now represented in more than 50 countries worldwide.
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