Renault embarks on solar project at delivery centres, parking lots - report
Oct 11, 2011 - French carmaker Renault (EPA:RNO) has decided to equip with solar panels the roofs of its delivery centres in Douai, Maubeuge, Flins, Batilly and Sandouville, as well as the parking lots for its staff at Maubeuge and Cleon.
According to a report in French business daily La Tribune, the most advanced project concerns the engine plant in Cleon, in the Seine-Maritime department. The roof of the parking lot is already equipped with solar panels which cover a surface of 34,000 sq m (366,000 sq ft) and have an installed capacity of 4.9 MW. The first electricity from the roof installation at Cleon will be produced in December 2011.
However, Renault has warned that the solar panels at Cleon will not be sufficient to cover the energy needs of the plant as it has a maximum installed capacity of 45 MW.
For the project in Cleon, Renault joined forces with Paris-based group Coruscant which invested EUR 15 million (USD 20.4m) together with savings bank Caisse des Depots in the solar project.