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Renault launches the world's largest automobile photovoltaic device

Renault launches simultaneously in six of its industrial sites french a set of 40 hectares of photovoltaic panels. Through this approach, Renault continues its commitment to the environment. This initiative is also an innovative solution to protect new vehicles before their departure factories.

Renault inaugurates 400,000 m2 (the equivalent of 60 football fields) of solar panels is the world's largest device in the automotive sector. These panels are spread over six sites covered (ISO 14001 certified) in Douai, Maubeuge, Flins Batilly Sandouville and Cleon (Delivery Centres and Expedition and parking staff).

This whole INSTALLED surface photovoltaic panels is equivalent to a total power of 59 MW, which allows production of electricity of 52,600 MWh per year, the equivalent of the annual electricity consumption of a city of 15 000. On average, solar photovoltaic plants displayed the powers of the order of 1 MW.

Detail by the website is as follows:

                                                                 Douai Maubeuge Flins Sandouville Batilly Cleon

Panel surface (m2) 79 500 79 000 71 000 69 000 70 000 33 000

Production of electricity (MWh) 10 400 10 300 9 300 9 100 9 200 4 300

These installations of photovoltaic panels to reduce 2,200 tons per year the amount of CO2 emitted in the production of electrical energy (calculation made on the basis of the mix energetics France), which represents about 550 times around the earth for a thermal vehicle that emit an average of 100 g / km of CO2 or a fleet of approximately 1,500 vehicles, each of which would carry 15,000 km / year.

The photovoltaic device of Renault is a showcase of the expertise of the Group in the field of renewable energies. Thus, through organizations extra-financial rating, Renault class for many years among the most "virtuous" companies on his management of the environment and in particular its "carbon strategy." In 2011, Renault was always in the forefront as ratings SAM, Carbon Disclosure Project and Oekom Research.

This initiative also represents an innovative solution to protect new vehicles prior to their distribution to the commercial network, limiting the risk of degradations in case of bad weather the photovoltaic panel is indeed planned to resist shocks, including those caused by hail.

This photovoltaic project is the result of joint work of Renault, initiator and driver of the entire project, in its capacity as lessor and its partners Gestamp Solar and Coruscant (for the only site of Cleon) in their capacity as teachers Material operators.

The device is also under development at the international: Spain, thanks to the agreement with the company Cenit Solar, with nearly 100,000 m2 of solar panels provided in the plants Valladolid and Palencia. In addition, feasibility studies are ongoing in Slovenia, Morocco, Brazil, Colombia, Chile and Romania.

Finally, other projects are underway (completion planned in December 2012) on the site of Busan in South Korea for an area of ​​300,000 m2.

Source: Renault

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