Located in the South of France, these plants will add to Auchan Retail’s existing solar power production generated by photovoltaic installations built in partnership with Helexia, a Voltalia subsidiary. Auchan has been proactive in reducing its electricity consumption, which has decreased 18% since 2014 in France. Helexia, Voltalia’s subsidiary, participated in achieving this goal through a multi-site energy management contract.
Auchan Retail now wants to accelerate its progress. While further developing existing initiatives, the company will source solar power from new plants with a capacity of 61 MW, equivalent to the power consumption needs of 43,000 people.
Voltalia will develop, build, operate, maintain and fund future plants. The power generated will transit through the grid to Auchan Retail’s French sites.
The new solar plants are expected to be commissioned between 2021 and 2022. The power purchase agreements between Auchan Retail and Voltalia’s plants will last 20 years.