The project has has nearly 300,000 solar panels and a total size of 87 hectares. The photovoltaic power plant is the biggest solar project the internationally operating juwi group has ever built in France so far. What is more, through special measures the park revives the local tradition of sheep farming and beekeeping on-site and enables the agricultural heritage of wine-growing to rise again.
Delphine Guinet, project manager at juwi EnR,stated:
We are really proud of this project. It was a grand challenge in ecological as well as in economic and political terms – it took us six years to fulfill the high demands of all parties involved. The result, however, is a one of a kind solar and agricultural park: Annually, the 300,000 solar panels transform the power of the sun into 35.5 million kilowatt hours of eco-friendly electricity while at the same time the park enhances the local wine- and agricultural heritage.
Therefore, the solar park with its total module surface of 21 hectares was subdivided into ten sections in order to guarantee the lowest possible impact on the environment and to preserve the surrounding nature as best as possible.
For each hectare of land covered by the solar plants, juwi provides 4,000 vines of the two highest categories AOP (Appellation d'Origine Protégée) and IGP (Indication Géographique Protégée) to the winemakers. In this case, these are 43 hectares of vineyard to be replanted on the best soil in the Ortaffa region.