The French energy company, Total, announced this Tuesday it electrified, through solar energy and its affiliate company, Total Quadran, an industrial site of L’Oréal. The project consists of photovoltaic parking lot awnings and charge points for electric vehicles.
Firstly, Total will install almost 4000 solar panels across the surface area of the site; approximately 9,500 m2, with a total capacity of 1,5 megawatts peak. Which would be almost 33% of the plant’s energy needs.
Secondly, Total will also conduct a Research & Development project on the site, aiming to maximize the performance of the bifacial photovoltaic modules on the awnings.
Thirdly, this project is part of Total’s portfolio of renewable energy; and part of its strategy to go net-zero by 2050. In fact, Total is building a portfolio of activities in renewables and electricity that should account for up to 40% of its sales by 2050.
Moreover, by the end of 2020, Total’s gross power generation capacity worldwide was around 12 GW; including 7 GW of renewable energy. The intention of the company is to grow this output to 100 GW of gross production from renewable sources by 2030.
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Total quadran, strategic partner for L’Oréal
In addition, Total Quadran is affiliate company of Total’s, that develops, builds and operates renewable electricity generation resources; from wind, photovoltaic, hydro and biogas. Overall, Total Quadra operates 340 renewable energy sites in France. Also, it has 1000 MW of generating capacity each year.
On the other hand, L’Oréal also has been pursuing carbon neutrality for years. The Vichy production plant, in which total Quadran will install the solar arrays, has been carbon neutral since 2018.
In this regard, Jean-Yves Larraufie, Director of Cosmétique Active Production (CAP) L’Oréal, said. “We have been committed to the protection of the environment since we set the plant up fifty years ago; we are also delighted to pursue our L’Oréal for the Future drive alongside Total Quadran, in line with our sustainable development commitments.”
He also remarked. “The opening of this photovoltaic power plant will allow the Vichy plant, which has been carbon neutral since 2018, to meet over 30% of its electricity needs locally.”
Finally, Thierry Muller, General Manager of Total Quadran, said. “We are proud to accompany innovative industrial players like L’Oréal in their energy transition, by solarizing their production sites both in France and abroad.”