The biggest photovoltaic power station in Europe is currently under construction in Cestas, near Bordeaux. The 300-hectare plot is nestled amongst pine trees and can contain up to one million solar panels.
With its cumulative power amounting to 300 megawatts, i.e. the equivalent of the electricity consumption of a city such as Bordeaux, it will be operational as early as October 2015.
Its construction has required an investment of 360 million euros and has been led by NEOEN, a company specialized in the production of green energy.
With the cost of solar panels being divided by four in the space of 5 years and state-of-the-art solar technology (crystalline silicon), this power station will produce energy cheaper than nuclear power.
“For the same given surface area, the amount of energy produced at Cestas will be 3 times greater than that of other solar parks”, explains Xavier Barbaro, CEO of NEOEN.
For Neoen, a French SME created in 2008, which employs roughly one hundred people and has a 50 million euro turnover, the solar energy sector should display rapid growth.
The next step will be the technological breakthrough enabling more competitively-priced electricity storage.
(Source: Sud Ouest 19th May 2015)