The pending electric vehicle transition is all set to offer on-site self-consumption to the already compelling business case for solar carports, says French renewables developer Neoen.
The 4,600-bay Corbas solar carport installed by Neoen, in France.
Renewable energy developer Neoen has installed a 16.3 MW solar array on a car park in Corbas, France.
Covering 12.5 hectares and 4,600 industrial parking bays, the installation is the largest carport project built in a country that has long championed solar in urban landscapes and continues a growing international trend of installing PV over parking spaces.
“Solar carports are growing in popularity and scale,” said Juliette Moutarlier, project manager at Neoen. “They are notably being adopted by logistics centers and car park operators who benefit from a greener image, local energy production and a new source of income.”
The Corbas project cost €19.1 million and took just five months to build. It is selling 19.5 GWh of electricity per year to the grid at a €0.102/kWh feed-in-tariff set by the French government.
Xavier Barbaro, managing director of Neoen, said generation costs for the Corbas carport are around 50% higher than for ground mounted PV but that the difference is largely offset by savings on electricity transmission rates.
“You can produce electricity at something like €80-90/MWh with a solar carport, compared to around €50‑60/MWh for a ground mounted array,” said Barbaro, “but don’t forget that you are also saving along the lines of €30/MWh on grid costs.”
The Neoen MD added, the challenge to self-consuming electricity from carports is that there is no on-site demand for 16.3 MW of power. However, with electric vehicles being rolled out, he sees that situation changing.
Another key advantage of solar carports is that they do not change the use of the land on which they are installed. “This is important in France, where regulators and the public are particularly sensitive to the integration of PV in the landscape,” said Neoen’s Moutarlier, adding it makes sense to install solar in built-up and naturally degraded sites.
“Ground mounted solar in some parts of the countryside is already meeting opposition but we so far have never heard anyone complain about installing a solar panel on their car park,” she said.
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Love this. Solar car parks make massive sense for a place to product the PV. They are usually next to businesses that can use the low cost electricity, they will feed the EV’s of the future, and they protect the cars from sun and rain and so on which is nice for the customers. This trend will grow, and we will soon see these with EV charging readily available, plus energy storage added in to optimize the self-consumption and better integrate (plus make money) with the grid.
If there are cars there are people. People working or shopping or “doing things”. Whatever they are doing they are likely using electricity including (in future at least), powering their cars. A solar car park will be close to those people and (therefore) consumption. This makes so much sense! When the cars return home at night, they will be charged sufficient for the next day. So synergistic
Cars are shaded in solar parks so air conditioning is less needed during warm days, which saves a fair bit of energy until the passenger compartment is cooled to desired temperature.
the largest is Volkwagen shanghai Ningbo it will be 55 hectare as planned but can be more than 70 hectare
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