Neoen and Arkema announced the start-up of a photovoltaic power plant on Arkema’s Serquigny industrial site in Haute-Normandie, France. This 174 kWc* solar power plant, representing an investment of over 1 million euros, has been built into the roof of one of the site’s maintenance buildings.
« This is our first operating solar plant. The project is the result of twelve months’ work to fully address the various legal, technical, financial and insurance issues involved in a project of this size. It symbolizes the rigorous and demanding standards as well as the professionalism of our teams who were lucky to find in Arkema a committed and competent partner », says Xavier Barbaro, Neoen Managing Director.
« This project to produce clean and renewable electricity has its natural place on an Arkema industrial site, as we are resolutely committed to developing solutions to the challenges of sustainable development, in particular with a wide range of products dedicated to photovoltaics » explains François Jaime, Arkema Vice President Energy.
The Serquigny solar plant was inaugurated on Thursday November 5th 2009 by Xavier Caïtucoli, President of Neoen, and François Jaime, Arkema Vice President Energy .
Arkema’s Serquigny plant specializes in the production of a wide range of high performance technical polymers, several of which from renewable raw materials. The Serquigny plant in particular attends to environmental issues, and is ISO 14001 certified.
The building’s roof covering required the installation of 918 Centrosolar polycrystalline silicon solar panels containing a number of Arkema products. The modules were integrated within the existing roof structure using the Biosol® process which directly ensures watertightness. The work was completed in under three weeks from the retrofit of the existing roof.
This photovoltaic solar power plant is connected to the power grid via a transformer, and will supply enough electricity to power the equivalent of around forty homes. Its design makes it eligible for a feed-in tariff incentive allowance. Responsible for the investment and the project ownership of this solar power plant, Neoen will run the project for the duration of the lease granted by Arkema.
* KWp: Kilowatt-peak (output power under standard conditions)
The peak power of a photovoltaic system corresponds to the electrical output from this system under standard conditions of solar irradiance (1000 W/m²), cell temperature (25°C), and solar reference spectrum airmass (AM 1.5).
Neoen is one of the most dynamic players in the renewable energy market. Neoen develops, finances, builds and operates, in France, « green » power plants, by allowing companies, communities and farmers to enhance the value of their energy assets. Neoen oversees each project from its design through to its construction and operation.
Neoen offers a range of technologies able to meet on a large scale and in the short term the objectives set by the « Grenelle de l’Environnement conferences » and the French energy targets: solar photovoltaics, onshore wind, offshore wind, and biomass. Neoen has the support of the Direct Energie group.
The company recently raised 20 million euros from the Louis Dreyfus group and the Crédit Agricole Private Equity renewable energies fund.
A global chemical company and France’s leading chemicals producer, Arkema consists of three businesses: Vinyl Products, Industrial Chemicals, and Performance Products. Arkema reported sales of 5.6 billion euros in 2008. Arkema has 15,000 employees in over 40 countries and six research centers located in France, the United States and Japan. With internationally recognized brands, Arkema holds leadership positions in its principal markets.
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