TSE Unveils ‘2nd Largest Solar Plant in France’ with 152 MW Capacity

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TSE, an independent French player specializing in solar energy, has inaugurated its new 152 MW photovoltaic plant, located in Marville, France, in the Meuse, and developed in partnership with Enerparc AG.

This official inauguration marks the culmination of a large-scale project carried out on 155 hectares of land. While construction began in June 2020, the Marville power station now has around 364,000 solar modules, some of which have innovative bifacial technology. Thanks to a total installed power of 152MWp (megawatt-peak), it generates a production of around 160 GWh / year, which is the equivalent of 90% of the annual consumption of the City of Verdun, said the company.

Its development was carried out in partnership with the company Enerparc AG, which builds and owns the eastern half. For TSE, the western half of the plant was commissioned in May 2021. The eastern half was commissioned in early September 2021.

Installed on a former NATO military base used by the Canadian Air Forces from 1955 to 1967 and bought in 2006 by the Communauté de Communes du Pays de Montmédy, the design of the solar power plant is based on numerous studies, which have made it possible to assess environmental issues, said TSE.

Over a period of 30 years, TSE has planned to conduct an ambitious program for the preservation and redeployment of biodiversity through 3 types of actions: the deartificialisation of soils, the restoration of a mosaic of grasslands, and the limitation of invasive plant species. “All of these actions, which are voluntary measures not resulting from any obligation, were defined in partnership with CDC Biodiversité, a subsidiary of Caisse des Dépôts,” said the company.

For Pierre-Yves Lambert, Managing Director of TSE, “The Marville power station will allow very high electricity production when there is the slightest sunshine. The interest is of course economic but above all responds to our ambitions on the energy transition. And we are in the middle of it with completely renewable production. This is a successful conversion that takes into account existing activities such as the aerodrome, biodiversity and agricultural activity.”

The photovoltaic power plant project on the Marville base was made possible thanks to the involvement of the Community of Communes of the Pays de Montmedy, which wished to engage in the energy transition, by giving a second life to this military wasteland, believes TSE.

This project is in line with the orientations of the Regional Climate Air Energy Scheme (SRCAE) of Lorraine, as well as the objectives of the Pluriannual Energy Programming, adopted at the end of April, which aims to develop renewable energies and reduce carbon emissions.

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