EDF Renewables has opened the Rivière des Galets solar power plant in Réunion, providing a second lease of life to a former “wild” landfill site. This 4.6 MWp capacity solar plant, situated in the “ZAC ECOPARC Le Port” economic and industrial activity zone, will supply renewable energy equivalent to the annual consumption of 4,500 individuals, or 14% of the commune of Le Port’s population, aiding the island’s energy transition.
This project, awarded through a 2020 Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) tender, was possible due to the support of the Municipality of Le Port and the Urban Community of the West Coast Territory (TCO). EDF Renewables also committed to site cleanup, removing nearly 2 tonnes of batteries and 1,100 tonnes of waste, which were appropriately processed.
Local firms secured approximately €2 million in construction contracts, fostering regional expertise. Additionally, a Reunion-based company will handle plant maintenance over the 20-year operational span. EDF Renewables, in collaboration with environmental associations and expert offices, carried out targeted efforts to enhance site biodiversity. The project involved extensive work to transform the initially invasive, waste-covered area into a habitat that promotes heritage flora and avifauna, including the planting of indigenous palms and shrubs to create a more suitable habitat for various bird species.
Sofiane Boukebbous, Director of the South-East and Overseas Zone of EDF Renewables , said, “We are proud to inaugurate the Rivière des Galets solar power plant today and would like to thank the communities for their support throughout. throughout the project. EDF Renewables continues its development in Reunion: the Rivière des Galets power plant brings to three the number of ground-mounted solar power plants operated by EDF Renewables. In Sainte-Rose, on the other side of the island, we are also carrying out the renewal of a wind farm. These projects are in line with our objective of supporting territories in their energy transition, in particular non-interconnected areas which have adopted ambitious objectives.”
Olivier Hoarau, Mayor of the Port, added, “I am happy to see this solar power plant now operational. Le Port being one of the sunniest towns on the island, the Rivière des Galets site is the ideal location for this type of installation. We are proud to have initiated this virtuous project in several respects: it meets our ambitious energy transition objectives, gives a second life to this site, and mobilizes local companies, including for the next 20 years of operation.”