Rhône-Alpes region, FR – Photovoltaic Plants Villages

Regional natural parks of Rhone Alpes are committed to play their part in tackling climate change, reducing energy consumption but also experimenting new approaches to produce sustainable energy locally. The five parks involved in the project have decided to choose testing sites with quite diverse characteristics.

Rhône-Alpes region, FR – Photovoltaic Plants Villages

The project aims to promote the role of parks in the production of sustainable energy, while respecting the environment and contributing to local sustainable development. It also aims to develop an easily reproducible model for Regional Parks for these kinds of plants.

The first step of the project was to organize public meetings to raise public awareness and set up a Territorial Committee for each pilot site. The second step was to perform landscape analysis of the pilot territories and define different architectural scenarios for each area (roof orientation, symmetry, colors, forms, integration with the local architecture). from then on, technical studies have been conducted regarding the connection to the electricity grid and carrying out simulations under different financing scenarios. Finally, several options of legal form for the creation of the local companies were evaluated and chosen according to each context.

The multi-level governance of the project is really developed, with the involvement of the Rhône-Alpes Regional Council, the General Council of the Drome and the Rhônalpénergie-Environnement as long as with many other actors such as associations, technical consultancies or even the french electricity company ERDF.

With a budget of €420,000 for the 2010-2012 period of time, four local companies have already been set up:

  • Pilat – Region Condrieu (52 kWp plant, 6 buildings);
  • Monts d’Ardèche – Eyrieux-aux-Serres (102 kWp, 10 buildings);
  • Vercors – Gervanne Raye (70 kWp, 11 roof);
  • Bauges – Plateau de la Leysse (75 kWp).

The financial and political support of the Regional Council was a key factor in the success of the project, along with the strong involvement of local stakeholders sharing the same vision.