With an installed capacity of 9 MW, the Les Cèdres solar farm is the second facility with integrated storage (9 MWh) to be commissioned on Reunion Island. This storage helps support the power grid through the stable and continuous injection of energy, thus eliminating weather-related intermittence issues. The Les Cèdres project itself has enough stored power to cover the energy requirements of the entire municipality, making Etang Salé the island’s first green energy town.
The solar farm spans two sites. The first is an agrivoltaic farm, comprising photovoltaic sunscreens overlooking 12 fish-rearing pools, with a capacity of 1.5 MWp. The operator of this site is Max Dyckerhoff, a pioneer in fish farming on the island who has been supplying the local market for more than a quarter of a century, in particular with tilapia
The second site is a farm with photovoltaic sunshades designed to allow mechanized farming of the entire 7.5-hectare site. The agricultural partner for this solar farm is Agriterra, agricultural partner of Akuo, which is developing a vast permaculture project there combining livestock, agroforestry and market gardening. Produce from this organic farming is sent to the local market, and several local farming jobs have thus been created.
Our CSR commitment
The Les Cèdres solar plant is a microcosm of innovation embodied in two solutions developed by the Akuo teams:
- Aquanergie®, or aquavoltaics, materialized on this project by the installation of 12 photovoltaic sunshades located above the fish-rearing ponds. These canopies have the advantage of significantly reducing the death rate among the fish by both protecting them from predatory birds and allowing better management of the water cycle and oxygenation by limiting temperature variations and thus evaporation. Workers also benefit from this innovation, as they are protected from the heat and can thus work throughout the day rather than just at dawn.
- Agrivoltaics, which combines solar power production and organic farming on a same site. The photovoltaic sunshades installed on the 7.5-hectare complex have been raised to allow mechanized farming of the site. Agriterra, agricultural partner of Akuo, is developing a vast permaculture project there combining livestock, agroforestry and market gardening. Produce from this organic farming is sent to the local market, and several local farming jobs have thus been created.