Toul-Rosieres Meurthe-et-Moselle is about to host a solar farm of 415 hectares should be the largest ever built in France, “even in the world.”

The investment necessary for its operation – from next year, is estimated at 430 million euros according to Jean-Marc Dall’Aglio, the special assistant to the chairman of EDF Energies Nouvelles (EDF EN).

Built on an old disused air base in NATO (2004), the installation of a power of 143 megawatts to take place in two stages in 2012 and 2013. The annual electricity consumption equivalent to a town of 62,000 inhabitants, will be bought by EDF.

The mammoth project which is expected to employ 150 people during its construction phase and about twenty people during its operational phase.

According to Lorraine Bloggers Committed , “EDF EN has been cutting its plant in twelve units of 12 MW each, the maximum power allowed” to put the project in accordance with the law.

Moreover, “the law states that a single producer of renewable energy with a capacity of 12 MW can not manage two power plants within 500 meters of each other. EDF EN has created four companies. A Within each, the producer was careful to install the units responding to the rule of 500 meters. ”

EDF-EN will lease the land to the state, owner, as part of a long-term land lease of 22 years for an annual rent estimated at 1 million. At the end of the lease, it will be renewed or the subsidiary of EDF is committed to the dismantling of the plant and the recycling of solar panels.

“With the new rates set by the government, lack of sunshine in Meurthe-et-Moselle should not pose a major concern, since the department receives a bonus of 18% compared to the base department,” said The spokesman for EDF-EN. He added: “The benefits for local communities should be about 1.3 million euros per year.”

EDF Energies Nouvelles told INGEROP, project management, and Part Scheduling, Management and Coordination (OPC) of the construction.

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