A giant solar power plant project causes a stir in the Landes

This installation, as powerful as a nuclear reactor, requires the felling of 1000 hectares of wood.

Replace a maritime pine forest with a field of solar panels. The project presented on Tuesday by energy companies Engie and Neoen, 20 kilometers south of Bordeaux, is cringe. Called Horizeo, the dossier is innovative from an industrial standpoint. It is about building a giant photovoltaic power plant of 1000 megawatts (the equivalent of a nuclear reactor), which would become the largest in France. All without a euro subsidy. The electricity produced, which is very competitive, would be sold directly to companies.

The plant would be coupled with a data center and storage batteries. It would also supply a green hydrogen production unit. The whole presents an investment of 650 million euros. Engie and Neoen had both spotted this location, “An exceptional and rare site” in Saucats, explains the project director, Bruno Hernandez. Rather than compete with each other, they therefore decided to team up.

The reserved land is today a pine forest

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