The promise had been made in early 2016 by Ségolène Royal, France’s Minister of Ecology and Energy: equipping French roads with more than a thousand kilometers of solar panels within five years.
Less than a year later, the first route of this grandiose project was inaugurated in the small town of Tourouvre-au-Perche in northern France.
The French government’s goal is to encourage the use of renewable energy in the country by using the energy produced by these solar panels to distribute sustainable energy in areas where energy production faces major challenges. With the implementation of this project, communities hitherto deprived of regular access to energy, will be able to rely on this indispensable resource in their daily lives. And above all in a sustainable way.
The section now opened is one kilometer in length and is equipped with 2800 square meters of solar panels. In practical terms, this means that the energy produced by these solar panels will ensure the proper functioning of the public lighting system of a city with 3400 inhabitants.
Estimates from the company responsible for the project, Wattway, indicate that annual production of this project is expected to be around 280 MWh, something like 767 kWh generated daily and 1,500 kWh at summer time.