Iberdrola Bags 25 MW Floating Solar Project in France


Iberdrola, the world’s largest producer of renewable energy, announced that it has been awarded its first floating solar power plant in France, with a total capacity of 25 megawatts peak (MWp), in response to a call for tenders issued in June 2022 by the municipality of Kurtzenhouse in Alsace.


Iberdrola is now specialising in the development of floating solar projects on active industrial sites as part of its commitment to establishing a long-term presence in France.


“We are very proud to contribute to the development of green energy production solutions alongside the municipality of Kurtzenhouse. This project strengthens Iberdrola France’s position in the Grand Est region where the company is already developing a solar photovoltaic (PV) plant for Solvay to supply its Tavaux plant (Jura) with green electricity. In parallel, Iberdrola is working on a 3 MW agrivoltaic solution in a Moselle farm to optimise milk production” said Thierry Vergnaud, Iberdrola France Director of the onshore division (onshore wind and photovoltaic).

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“The implementation of this floating solar PV plant represents a real opportunity for our region. This green energy project contributes to the region’s energy self-sufficiency while fighting against global warming in a context marked by soaring electricity prices”, emphasised Marc Moser, Mayor of Kurtzenhouse.


The floating solar power plant will be developed, built and operated by Iberdrola on the basin of the Bischwiller gravel pit, part of which is owned by the municipality of Kurtzenhouse.This gravel pit is currently operated by the company Eqiom Granulats, which extracts and markets sand and gravel of alluvial origin.

During the construction and operation phase of the plant, Iberdrola will consider the presence of these activities and ensure their continued operation.The floating solar power plant will occupy an area of approximately 13.5 hectares of the 28 hectares available on the site.

Since January 2023, Iberdrola has launched environmental and technical studies to determine and choose the most suitable technological solution for the project and the site. These studies will be completed in early 2024. The application for a building permit is expected to be submitted in spring 2024 and commissioning in late summer 2026. The operating period is 30 years.

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The plant will have an installed production capacity of 25 MWp. It will be able to produce approximately 27 GWh of green electricity per year. The electricity will be injected into the distribution network to be consumed locally by nearly 10,000 Alsatian households.

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