Located in the South of France, these plants will add up to Auchan Retail’s already existing solar power production which is generated from photovoltaic installations built in partnership with Helexia, a Voltalia subsidiary. At the same time, Auchan has a proactive approach to 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. While further developing existing actions, the company will source solar power from new plants with a capacity of 61 megawatts, the equivalent of the power consumption 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.
Commissioning of the new solar plants is expected between 2021 and 2022. The power purchase agreements between Auchan Retail and Voltalia’s plants will last 20 years.