La vie enfant, la vie de renovo
French company Laviie has announced that it will build a small solar farm to provide electricity to households in northern France.
The plan is to offer customers solar panels, water purifiers, and a heat pump to supply heat to the homes and businesses in the region.
“Renovo Water is committed to providing clean water for all people in the country,” said Denis Foulon, CEO of Laviies main customer, France-based energy utility, Veolia.
“The energy that we produce is used to supply heating to our customers and to reduce the demand on our water supply.
This is the first step towards achieving the goal of 100 per cent renewable energy.”
Laviia is the world’s largest solar power company with an installed capacity of 3,800 megawatts, according to the French government.
The company has been in operation for more than two decades and it has been supplying electricity to the region since 2004.
Its solar project is expected to be completed by 2019, according the company.
In September, France announced plans to expand renewable energy production by 40 per cent in the coming years.
The announcement comes after a string of major disasters, including the 2016 floods in the French capital, Paris.
As part of the French initiative to reduce emissions, it is also aiming to build 1,500 megawatts of renewable power by 2025, according Veolia’s Foulan.
“This is a step forward to create a sustainable energy future for France, one that benefits from the best possible renewable energy technologies,” Foulen said.
“We are working closely with the state to ensure the project is well positioned for the future.”
LAVIERIE PUSHES SOLAR POWER To supply electricity to a population of over 12 million people, the proposed solar farm is expected be more than 100 square kilometres (30 square miles), which is around the size of three football fields.
The solar project will provide about 6,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity.
“When it comes to energy security, the sun is a big part of it,” said Fouly.
“There are plenty of other sources of energy that have also been able to provide reliable electricity in the past.
As part to the renewable energy plan, the company has already secured financing from a Chinese consortium. “
It’s the only way we are going to be able to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and provide electricity at a more affordable price.”
As part to the renewable energy plan, the company has already secured financing from a Chinese consortium.
In addition, Laviius subsidiary Veolia Energy will invest €250 million in the project.
The project is set to be fully operational by 2025.
The firm hopes to bring solar power to over 500,000 homes, providing about 40 per year.
“Solar is one of the cheapest sources of electricity in Europe and is not dependent on gas or oil,” said Jean-Pierre Brice, president of LAVIIE, in a statement.
“Its a great solution for households, businesses and the environment, which needs a reliable source of energy.”