With the Montclar solar farm, Voltalia continues to

With the Montclar solar farm, Voltalia continues to innovate

Voltalia (Euronext Paris, ISIN code: FR0011995588), an international player in renewable energiesYes, is positioned in the realization of innovative photovoltaic solar power plants with the Montclar park project, a ground-based power plant in a mountainous landscape, located in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, in the southern region of France.

Voltalia won the national call for tenders launched by the French Ministry for the Ecological Transition for the Montclar solar park project, a 3.75 megawatt solar power plant to be built on an area of ​​4.2 hectares. The park is located in Montclar, at a place called Côte Belle, known as one of the only self-managed ski resorts in France. It also enjoys the highest sun exposure in the country. With its 8,600 photovoltaic panels, the plant will provide green energy to more than 2,500 inhabitants.

The Montclar solar project is based on various innovations. An innovative metallic structure, particularly suited to the mountain context and to sites with steep slopes, will house low-carbon, high-performance solar modules. The project includes partnerships with several leading French scientific institutions such as the CEA, which will support Voltalia in the study of the energy gains of the innovations deployed, and the MINES ParisTech school, which will study the environmental benefits of the solar power plant on its site. life cycle. .

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Voltalia is also innovating in the plains

The Montclar project is an example of an innovative project on a steep slope. In the plains, Voltalia is also innovating with farms that combine photovoltaic production and agricultural or livestock activity, sharing the use of the same territory. Thus, Voltalia helps to preserve and strengthen the agricultural economy of the region.


Voltalia develops agrivoltaic solutions in the open field. The agricultural activity is located under the solar panels, which are placed on suitable structures so as not to obstruct the passage of agricultural machinery.

Solar panels follow the course of the sun to optimize crop production, and they can also be tilted to let in light or protect crops from extreme weather events (sunburn, hail, spring frost, etc.). Agrivoltaic projects also aim to reduce water requirements (reduction of soil evapotranspiration) and irrigation costs by coupling the structure to an irrigation system.
To date, these are innovative projects with an experimental dimension, located on land dedicated to viticulture, arboriculture, market gardening and horticulture.

the agrivoltaic CABANON power station

This three megawatt agrivoltaic plant is located in Saint-Etienne-du-Grès in the south of France. It has been operational since March 2021. It is a market gardening activity coupled with photovoltaic production.

AgriSOL project
AgriSOL projects also combine photovoltaic production and agricultural activity (mainly livestock, fodder and cereal systems), but with solar panels positioned at the standard height for sheep farming, thus producing competitive energy.
The development of an AgriSOL solar power plant aims to integrate the agricultural dimension into a systemic approach. The solar power plant, located in an agricultural area, must be an integral part of the operation. Thus, the agricultural dimension is integrated from the first phases of the development of the project in order to adapt the design of the solar power plant to the existing production system.

Pasture activity: CANADEL power plant

The Canadel solar park is located in Brignoles, in the Var department. Commissioned in June 2018, this plant has a capacity of 10.4 megawatts. An agreement with a local shepherd allows mutual use of the land while the plant is in operation.

Beekeeping activities: the CASTELLET II power station

The Castellet II solar park is located in the town of Castellet in the Var department. Commissioned in June 2017, this plant has a capacity of 3.8 megawatts. For this project, around twenty beehives have been installed on the plant site, which will prevent the collapse of the bee population in France. This agreement also allows the beekeeper to protect his hives from damage and vandalism thanks to the fences of the plant.

And in the future …
Voltalia is committed to accelerating the development of projects in direct consultation with farmers in order to adapt solar projects to existing farms (livestock, fodder, cereal production, etc.) and thus promote synergies between agricultural production and energy production renewable.

Next on the agenda: First half 2021 reresults, September 23, 2021 before market

About Voltalia (www.voltalia.com)

Voltalia is an international player in the renewable energy sector. The Group produces and sells electricity generated from wind, solar, hydraulic, biomass and storage facilities that it owns and operates. Voltalia has a production capacity in operation and under construction of more than 1.5 GW and a portfolio of projects in development representing a total capacity of 9.7 GW.

Voltalia is also a service provider and supports its investor clients in renewable energy projects during all phases, from design to operation and maintenance.

A pioneer in the business market, Voltalia offers a global offer to private companies, ranging from the supply of green electricity and energy efficiency services to the local production of their own electricity.

The Group has more than 1,130 employees and is present in 20 countries on 4 continents and is able to act worldwide on behalf of its clients.

Voltalia is listed on the regulated market of Euronext Paris, compartment B (FR0011995588 – VLTSA) and is part of the Enternext Tech 40 and CAC Mid & Small indices. The Group is also part of the Gaïa-Index, an index of socially responsible average values.

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