4.2-MW Solar System in Provence Goes Online

The Vinon-sur-Verdon photovoltaic solar park, with a capacity of 4.2 megawatts (MW), has now started electricity production. Solaire Durance, a joint venture between Caisse des Dépôts and Solairedirect, developed the project.

The Vinon-sur-Verdon park is a first for the joint venture between Caisse des Dépôts and Solairedirect, which plans to start production at three other solar parks with a total capacity of 38 MW before the end of 2010. The solar park, built in a location with little natural or farming value, was designed with an architectural and landscaping vision.

The foundations, made up of metal screws (no concrete involved) will facilitate the decommissioning of the facility and its ultimate recycling. Vegetal land was preserved during the site’s excavation in order to sustain biodiversity. The facility is designed to be compatible with grazing activities and the cultivation of plants and species suited to the local biotope.

The Vinon-sur-Verdon solar park was subject to severe environmental studies, a public enquiry and a structured dialogue, including public meetings with local residents, as well as systematic consultation with local officials and bodies, including the Var Chamber of Agriculture and the Verdon Regional Natural Park.

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