Cestas solar power plant in Gironde
In November 2014, Eiffage, via Clemessy (consortium leader), in a consortium with Schneider Electric and German company Krinner, won a contract worth nearly €285 million, to design, build, operate and maintain Europe’s biggest solar farm. The Cestas solar power plant, located near Bordeaux (Gironde), is being developed by Neoen, a leading French player in renewable energies, and will have almost a million solar panels.
Connected directly to the very-high voltage power grid, the farm is due to come on line in October 2015 and will provide a total peak capacity of 300 MW. It will generate more than 350 gigawatt-hours a year, enough to cater for the daytime power consumption of the entire population of Bordeaux. The project will call on the expertise of Clemessy subsidiary RMT for engineering studies, Eiffage Energia for connection work, Eiffage Travaux Publics for earthworks, Schneider Electric for the electrical conversion chain and Krinner GmbH for screw-in foundations and photovoltaic structures.