VINCI Airports will launch a 14-hectare solar power plant at Lyon-Saint Exupéry airport, one of the largest in France.
It will cover 5,800 parking spaces at the airport and will have a capacity of 20 MWp, it will produce 24 GWh of green electricity annually, equivalent to the consumption of 9.000 inhabitants. Its production will be injected into the grid to supply the neighboring communities, avoiding the emission of nearly 1,600 tons of CO2 per year1.
The launch of the construction work this Fall, for commissioning in the summer of 2024.
The project has been awarded to a consortium comprising Neoen and SunMind (VINCI Concessions’ photovoltaic subsidiary), which will design, finance, build and operate the plant until 2047.
This large-scale project is part of VINCI Airports’ ambition to produce renewable energy at its airports. Committed since 2016 to the development of their solar potential, VINCI Airports already has a capacity of more than 40 MWp with solar plants in operation at its airports in the UK, Portugal, Brazil or the Dominican Republic. VINCI Airports is aiming to exploit a potential exceeding 1 GWp.
Nicolas Notebaert, CEO of VINCI Concessions and President of VINCI Airports, declares: “airports are places of opportunity for photovoltaic production, which is why VINCI Airports has been committed to developing solar power plants for several years now. This allows us to decarbonize our own consumption, but also to contribute to the energy transition of the territories, by injecting the electricity we produce into the network, as we will soon do in Lyon”.
1 Compared to an average of the electricity supplied to the French grid (current electricity mix).