To increase the share of photovoltaics in the electricity mix, VSB Energies Nouvelles relies on the recovery of abandoned land and degraded sites. It is in Druelle Balsac (Occitanie) that the company is setting an example by installing a solar power plant on the ground on a former gravel and sand pit, clay and kaolin extraction. At the end of its operation, this site will be covered with 16,740 panels for a total power of 9.2 MWp, and will produce 10,542.015 MWh/year, or the equivalent of the annual electricity consumption of 4,949 French people.
Called the Soleil de Balsac, this solar power plant project was launched in 2017 and provided for a power of 4,989.6 kWp. Thanks to its know-how in terms of developing abandoned land and degraded sites, VSB has optimized the development of the surface, making it possible to double the power of the project and increase its annual production without changing the ground coverage of the entire of the central. Located less than 3 km from the Rodez-Marcillac aerodrome, VSB also took into account the aeronautical easement when thinking about the orientation of the installations.
This power plant, whose installation works start in October until next March, will allow the territory to avoid the emission of 2,657 tons of CO2 per year.