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Photovoltaic power plants mounted on fixed structures or equipped with solar trackers
Retrieval of polluted land, old quarries, brownfield sites, etc.

Ground mounted photovoltaic power plants

GÉNÉRALE DU SOLAIRE has a broad experience and a recognised expertise in developing and constructing ground mounted photovoltaic power plants. Ground mounted photovoltaic power plants can produce competitive renewable electricity, benefiting from significant economies of scale thanks to their size which can reach up to several tens of MWp (maximum 17 MWp in France).

GÉNÉRALE DU SOLAIRE prefers developing ground mounted photovoltaic power plants on artificial or polluted sites, such as former open-air landmines or landfills. These types of sites are often incompatible with any other construction type (housing, offices, etc.). Installing a solar power plant would significantly value such a site which would otherwise lack any economic activity.

However, developing, constructing and operating solar power plants on such sites require particular technical skills and expertise. GÉNÉRALE DU SOLAIRE’s know-how was proven at various occasions and is illustrated by the following power plants:

  • Sourdun photovoltaic power plant (4.5 MWp in the department of Seine-et-Marne, France), built on a former military base;
  • Soragna photovoltaic power plant (5 MWp in the region of Emilia-Romagna, Italy), built on a former landfill site;
  • Pujaut photovoltaic power plant (3.5 MWp in the department of Gard, France), on an old embankment created during the construction of the TGV (French high speed train) line.

On a large, utility-scale photovoltaic power plant, the solar panels (or modules) can be installed either on fixed, ground mounted structures, facing South at an angle depending on the latitude of the site, or they can be fixed on mobile structures called solar “trackers” which rotate on one or two axes so that the solar panels face the sun all day long. In autumn 2014, GÉNÉRALE DU SOLAIRE built and commissioned one of the first ground mounted photovoltaic power plants in France, equipped with trackers.

Ground mounted photovoltaic power plants are compatible with other possible land uses, such as agricultural activities. For instance, solar power plants can be at the disposal of the neighbouring farmers to accommodate their livestock. GÉNÉRALE DU SOLAIRE has recently opened up the Sourdun power plant to a sheep herd, which have a real added value to the maintenance of the plant, as they prevent the growing grass from creating shades on the panels close to the ground. The sheep are used to maintain a low grass level, replacing therefore motor devices which would be more costly from an economic and environmental point of view.

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Ground mounted photovoltaic power plants

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Photovoltaic carports

Photovoltaic carports

Polluted land, industrial brownfield sites, old quarries, etc.
Innovative techniques

Innovative techniques

R&D, energy storage, self-consumption, etc.
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Local authorities

Local authorities

Ministries, local governments, towns, departments, regions, public companies, public agencies, etc.
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Industry

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Commercial buildings

Shopping centres, offices, communal residential buildings, etc.
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Agriculture and viticulture

Agricultural sheds, wine cellars, greenhouses, etc.

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