EQUANS is installing the largest photovoltaic carport in Luxembourg on the Goodyear car park on behalf of the energy supplier Enovos, which is developing and building the facility.
This is the largest facility of its kind in Luxembourg: in August 2021, a solar carport consisting of 1,500 photovoltaic panels was opened on the car park of the Goodyear test site in Colmar-Berg. EQUANS, with its expertise in solar systems for businesses, took charge of the project from start to finish on behalf of the energy supplier Enovos. Each year, the facility will produce more green energy than 170 households can consume in a whole year.
A further step towards the energy transition
Solar energy is the most widespread and most widely distributed energy in the world. For an industrialist, there are various different ways to benefit from it. The first is to place photovoltaic or thermal panels on their roofs to power their own facilities and reduce their carbon dioxide emissions. The second is to make their land – or in this case their car park – available to supply green energy to citizens and thus become a real player in the energy transition. This was the option chosen by the tyre manufacturer Goodyear at its Colmar-Berg site.
A win-win operation
From the construction of the carport to the supply and installation of the panels and inverters, including the high-voltage cabin, EQUANS took responsibility for the entire facility. The power output is 667.5 kWp, which corresponds to an annual production of 657,500 kWh. It is Enovos Luxembourg, EQUANS’ customer and Goodyear’s partner, which is responsible for capturing the energy produced and feeding it back into the grid.
Shaping the energy future
Even though a project of this scale is still quite rare due to its technical complexity (2.5° slope of the land) and its ambition, it clearly shows the interest in solar energy as the energy of the future. Beneficial to all parties, it is positive from an economic point of view, but also from an ecological one, as it allows the Luxembourg government to progress in its goal of transitioning towards 100% renewable energy. Solar energy currently accounts for 13% of Luxembourg’s energy mix. With this type of facility, there is no doubt that this share will increase in the coming years.