Voltalia's 4.5-MW HPP in France starts generating power
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French renewable power plants operator Voltalia SA (EPA:VLTSA) on Tuesday said its 4.5-MW hydropower plant in southeastern France has commenced generating electricity.
The run-of-the-river HPP, located on the Taconnaz torrent in Haute-Savoie, is the company's first small hydropower project in metropolitan France. The final commissioning comes after 15 months of construction work and will enable the plant to generate power at full capacity next spring when the glacier's ice starts melting.
The HPP is to provide power for 10,400 consumers in the Chamonix and Les Houches municipalities, which together hold a 33% stake in the project. It will help the Chamonix-Mont-Blanc valley to hit its target of having at least 20% renewable energy in its final energy consumption by 2020.
Voltalia plans to launch two other small hydropower projects in Savoie and Haute-Savoie by 2022, CEO Sebastien Clerc said.