July 9, 2014 - Nearly 300,000 solar panels, a total size of 87 hectares and clean energy for 10,000 households – these are the dimensions of the solar and agricultural park Ortaffa. The photovoltaic power plant in the French Pyrenees is close to the Spanish border.
"We are really proud of this project," says Delphine Guinet, project manager at juwi EnR. "It was a grand challenge in ecological as well as in economic and political terms – it took us six years to fulfill the high demands of all parties involved." Therefore, the solar park with its total module surface of 21 hectares was subdivided into ten sections in order to guarantee the lowest possible impact on the environment and to preserve the surrounding nature as best as possible.
"Our solar park allows us to increase the value of an agricultural zone, which had almost been given up. We revived the tradition of wine-growing, beekeeping and farming in the region. As a result of the open dialogue between all parties involved, the park matches the needs of our region and thus stimulates the local economy", says Raymond Pla, Mayor of Ortaffa.
During all phases of the development, Ortaffa solar park has had a positive effect on the local job market. A total of 56 companies were involved in the construction works, 40 percent of them located in the region. The financial benefits generated by Ortaffa solar and agricultural park will remain in the community and continue to increase the local value chain for more than 20 years and even after the end of the feed-in tariffs.