A small-scale, community-owned solar energy park in Lot, France, uses locally sourced timber to support the photovoltaic panels.
The community solar park occupies less than one hectare of land to allow energy production at village scale. It is halfway between an individual installation and a ground-based power plant.
Solar panels are installed on a raw-wood structure sustainably sourced from surrounding woods. The solar park does not require the construction of a technical building and does not generate any nuisance (no noise, odour or radiation).
The governance of the solar park is community based and citizen-led, combining crowdfunding with cooperative management.
Whilst it requires a reasonable initial investment (around €220,000), it delivers long-term savings with regards to energy costs.
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