Installed on the lake in the old Piolenc quarry in Vaucluse, southeast France, the O'MEGA1 photovoltaic (PV) array will be able to produce enough power to meet the demand of 4,733 homes, while offsetting 1,096 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per year.
The plant is powered by 47,000 units of Trina Solar’s dual-glass PERC monocrystalline modules mounted on Hydrelio floating structures by Ciel & Terre. Akuo Energy is the manufacturer and exclusive distributor of the particular product in France, the company noted.
The project was backed with EUR 12.8 million (USD 14.2million) in debt from Natixis Energeco and some equity sourced through a crowdfunding campaign.
The project is unique in several ways. First, it is the largest European product based on floating solar technology. According to its sponsors, the floating structure helps to reduce conflicts in land use because it can be installed in drinking water reservoirs, industrial pools, flood plains or quarry lakes.
Moreover, the solar power plant has also innovated in the local community and invited citizens to participate in the project. The factory represents the first factory in France and is open to natural persons who own houses in Vaucluse or neighbouring departments.
The project’s innovative aspect doesn’t stop there. Akuo Energy also teamed up with an independent electricity supplier, Plüm Energie, to develop a “green electricity of controlled origin” label, which will be the first of its kind in France.
“This offer guarantees its future clients 100% renewable energy produced exclusively in France, hence creating value in this country,” Akuo said.
According to Solar Power Europe.