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01/12/2021 News

TotalEnergies Launches Its Largest Solar Power Plant in France


TotalEnergies has launched its largest photovoltaic solar power  plant in France, with a capacity of 55 megawatts (MW). 

The solar farm, located northeast of Gien (Loiret), comprises 126,000 photovoltaic panels  spread over 75 hectares. The plant will produce around 64 GWh per year, equivalent to the  annual electricity consumption of 38,000 people and keep more than 550,000 tons of CO2 out  of the atmosphere during its lifetime. 

This photovoltaic project is part of a sustainable, responsible approach designed to support  the development of renewable energies in France. Hence, this project includes: 

A participative financing: To involve site neighbors and share the value created by  these projects with the regions, the plant was built with a participative financing in an  amount of €2,200,200 to which 212 residents of the Loiret and surrounding  departments largely contributed. 

A plan to protect biodiversity: The Company has put in place the measures required  to preserve biodiversity, including the creation of bat shelters and the construction of a  pond to promote amphibian reproduction. 

TotalEnergies teams will operate and maintain the plant locally throughout its 30-year  operating lifespan. 

TotalEnergies once again confirms its commitment to the development of renewable energies  in partnership with the regions. I would like to thank all of the project stakeholders who helped  develop our largest solar farm in France. This commissioning contributes to France’s energy  transition and is a further step towards our goal of reaching 4 GW of renewable generation  capacity by 2025. It reinforces our commitment to be a major player in renewable energy in Francesaid Thierry Muller, CEO of TotalEnergies Renewables France. 

Furthermore, in mid-November, TotalEnergies was awarded 51 megawatts (MW) of solar  projects in the 10th round of the CRE 4 (French Energy Regulatory Commission) tender. The  eight winning projects will be commissioned by the end of 2023 and then operated and  maintained by TotalEnergies' teams, whose local workforce is expected to grow. In the last ten  bidding periods, TotalEnergies has won 707 MW of solar projects, placing it second among all  developers in France. 


TotalEnergies and renewable electricity 

As part of its ambition to get to net zero by 2050, TotalEnergies is building a portfolio of activities in  renewables and electricity. At the end of September 2021, TotalEnergies' gross renewable electricity  generation capacity is 10 GW. TotalEnergies will continue to expand this business to reach 35 GW of  gross production capacity from renewable sources by 2025, and then 100 GW by 2030 with the objective  of being among the world's top 5 producers of electricity from wind and solar energy. 



About TotalEnergies 

TotalEnergies is a global multi-energy company that produces and markets energies: oil and biofuels,  natural gas and green gases, renewables and electricity. Our 105,000 employees are committed to  energy that is ever more affordable, cleaner, more reliable and accessible to as many people as  possible. Active in more than 130 countries, TotalEnergies puts sustainable development in all its  dimensions at the heart of its projects and operations to contribute to the well-being of people. 

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