Juwi opens 25MW French PV 'farm'

German developer Juwi claims to have created a unique blend of solar generation and agriculture at a newly-opened 25MW PV plant in the French Pyrenees.

The Ortaffa plant deploys 300,000 modules on 87 hectares of land that also hosts activities including wine growing, sheep farming and beekeeping.

The developer said it went to huge lengths to enable the mixed agricultural use, including the sowing of foraging crops for the sheep and honey-bearing plants for the bees.

The modules were sub-divided into 10 sections complete with hedges and brooks to allow the integration of the other features.

The plant, near the Spanish border, is the largest Juwi has built in France so far and will power about 10,000 local homes.

Delphine Guinet, project manager at Juwi’s French unit, said: “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.”