The French floating solar park will soon expand. This was announced by EDF Renewables on February 3, 2021. Indeed, the subsidiary of the EDF group should soon build its first floating photovoltaic power plant in France at Lazer in the Hautes Alpes on a water reservoir. This plant should develop 20 MW of power.
EDF Renewables’ first floating solar farm in France
The construction of this floating solar farm is part of the EDF Group’s strategy. Indeed, the objective is to be a market leader and to have a 30% share of the French market by 2035.
The work, which has already begun, is expected to last 13 months and involve no less than 40 people. This work begins with the realization of a geotechnical study of the water reservoir. It is a question of sounding the bottom of the water reservoir.
20 MW in addition to the hydro plant
The floating solar park project is located on the water reservoir of the Lazer hydropower plant. It currently produces 20 MW, so the addition of the floating solar power plant will double production. At the end of the works, the hydroelectric plant and the photovoltaic panels will produce the equivalent of the annual consumption of 25,000 inhabitants.
For Nicolas Couderc, Director of EDF Renewables in France:
“Combining these two renewable energies is an additional asset to contribute to the development objectives of renewable energies set by the government.
Finally, the creation of EDF’s first solar power plant demonstrates its ambition to be the market leader. This project also contributes to the various objectives formulated by the government in terms of renewable energy and more particularly photovoltaic energy.