NOTUS starts construction of its first solar power plant in France
On 14 September, construction work officially began on the 15.58 megawatt solar farm near Baraize in the department of Indre. NOTUS had offered an exclusive participation opportunity to the citizens in the surrounding area and thus organised additional financing of 1.1 million euros via the lendosphere.com platform.
"This solar park is a great example of successful cooperation at local level. It is the result of the commitment of the local players and our entire team", explains Heinrich Lieser, President of Notus Energy France. The participatory financing model has enabled the inhabitants of the department to commit themselves to climate protection and the solar energy revolution. "The fact that 1.1 million euros have been collected here shows how attractive the energy system transformation can also be for the local people," Lieser continued.
The crowdfunding offer was exclusively directed at residents of the Indre site and the citizens of the neighbouring departments of Cher, Creuse, Haute -Vienne, Indre-et-Loire, Loir-et-Cher and Vienne.
PV power plant will supply more than 4,000 households
Earthworks have now begun on the citizens‘ solar plant. After that, the fence around the area will be erected and the construction of the substructure will begin. The installation of the PV modules is to take place at the end of the year, parallel to the grid connection. NOTUS has chosen Jinko Solar, one of the world's largest solar manufacturers, for the 40,000 solar modules.
Commissioning is planned for spring 2021.
The photovoltaic modules cover an area of more than 20 hectares and are expected to produce 18 gigawatt hours (GWh) of green electricity per year. This corresponds to the electricity needs of around 4,000 French households.