TotalEnergies opens its largest solar power plant in France – .

TotalEnergies opens its largest solar power plant in France – .

TotalEnergies has launched its largest solar photovoltaic power plant in France, a 55 megawatt (MW) installation near Orléans.
The solar farm, located northeast of Gien, has 126,000 photovoltaic (PV) panels spread over 75 hectares.

The 55 MW facility will produce around 64 GWh per year, equivalent to the annual electricity consumption of 38,000 people, the group said.

TotalEnergies teams will operate and maintain the plant locally throughout its planned operating life of 30 years.

The energy major said the project was based on a sustainable and “responsible” approach designed to support the development of renewable energies in France. This includes crowdfunding, with € 2.2m (£ 1.86m) of equity brought in by 212 residents of Loiret and the surrounding area.

The site also includes measures to encourage and protect biodiversity, including bat shelters and the construction of a pond to promote the reproduction of amphibians.

The completion of the project closely follows the outcome of the 10th round of the CRE 4 (Commission de Régulation de l’Energie) call for tenders, in which 636.7 MW of solar capacity on the ground was awarded.

TotalEnergies secured 51 MW of solar capacity in the tower. He indicated that his 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 increase.

During the last ten tender periods, TotalEnergies has won 707 MW of solar projects, which places it second among developers in France.

The prices are part of the integrated energy major’s desire to achieve 35 GW of gross production capacity from renewable energies by 2025 and 100 GW by 2030. At the same time, it intends to rank among the world’s top five producers of wind and solar electricity.

At the end of September 2021, TotalEnergies indicated that its gross renewable energy production capacity was 10 GW.

Commenting on the opening of the Gien project, the CEO of TotalEnergies Renouvelables France, Thierry Muller, declared: “TotalEnergies once again confirms its commitment to the development of renewable energies in partnership with the territories. I would like to thank all those involved in the project who have contributed to the development of our largest solar farm in France.

“This commissioning contributes to France’s energy transition and constitutes an additional step towards our objective of reaching 4 GW of renewable production capacity by 2025. It reinforces our commitment to be a major player in renewable energies in France .

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