Seventeen hectares of solar canopies will soon be part of the Bourg-en-Bresse landscape. Renault Trucks is working with TotalEnergies to make their own industrial site. This project marks quite a significant step in the transition to renewable energy production, since its electricity output will cover the equivalent consumption of 17,500 inhabitants. The canopies are due to be commissioned in 2026, according to the official plans.

Renault Trucks will produce its newly-introduces C and T heavy-duty electric trucks in Bourg-en-Bresse. The whole system will have a total output of over 22 peak megawatts spread over 17 hectares, within a project set to be one of the largest in France. Its electricity production will cover the equivalent consumption of 17,500 people, or 43% of the population of Bourg-en-Bresse.

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Renault Trucks’ plans for the Bourg-en-Bresse industrial site

Part of the energy produced by the solar power station will be used by the plant. As a result, 30% of the site’s electricity consumption will be supplied by the canopies, which will also have the added benefit of protecting both employees’ vehicles and the trucks produced at the plant.

“We’re extremely proud to be supporting Renault Trucks in its energy transition. Through this project, we’re demonstrating our ability to develop technically complex projects that create value”, said Marin de Montbel, Managing Director of TotalEnergies Renouvelables France.

“At Renault Trucks, we’re strongly committed to decarbonising our industry and preserving our resources”, added Karine Forien, Vice President Strategy & Sustainability at Renault Trucks. “We’re backing up our commitments with tangible actions, including the electrification of our vehicle ranges, which immediately eliminates CO2 emissions in use, and the decarbonisation of our own operations. The energy transition is at the core of our strategy and this solar canopy project is a prime example.”

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