Coruscant and the Caisse des Dépôts announced the creation of their third partnership for construction and operation of solar power plants in 8 new cover parking for a total output of 19 MWp.

Caisse des Dépôts will take a 49% stake in companies bearing the photovoltaic projects. These will be located in the parking lots of the automotive logistics site STVA Bassens in Aquitaine, CEA Grenoble and Valence TGV train station in the Rhône-Alpes, the airport of Perpignan in Languedoc-Roussillon and finally the train station Avignon in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur.

These projects, winners of the call for tenders issued by the Commission for Energy Regulation for solar photovoltaic plants with a capacity exceeding 250 kWp in September 2013, entitled as such a purchase price the guaranteed electricity for 20 years. They represent a total investment of more than € 30 million, including bank financing will be provided by Bpifrance cost.

The solar power plants will be built with French suppliers, local installers and will be equipped with European equipment. Some of these solar power plants will, at the same time, equipped with charging stations for electric vehicles and thus participate fully in the political transition of power in the country.

The projects will be launched from October 2014 Solar power plants provide more than 22,000 MWh per year, which corresponds to the average power consumption (excluding heating) of 16,000 inhabitants.

Optimization of urban land without additional consumption and near the end consumer

This partnership reflects a shared desire to optimize urban realizing about parking sites for solar electricity without consuming land, without harm to the landscape and installed as close to the point of consumption.

“This new partnership will bring to a total of 26 MW of power projects jointly by the Caisse des Dépôts et Coruscant. It follows two successful experiences for the realization of a central 5 MWp under cover parking Renault Cleon in Seine-Maritime, and a portfolio of solar power plants in shade houses 2 MWp in Provence-Alpes-Côte Azur” says Eric Lecomte, the head of Energy and Environment Management and Territorial Development Network Caisse des Dépôts.

“The mobilization and expertise of our teams led to the signing of this new partnership in a short timeframe. This quick turnaround will begin construction sites in October 2014, a few months after the announcement of the winners of the tender by the Commission for Energy Regulation,” said Romain Prevost, CEO of Coruscant.

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