SAINT-CHARLES – 8.8 MW
France
In operation 

  • Location: Perpignan, France
  • Installed Capacity: 8.8 MW
  • Status: In operation
  • Technology: Photovoltaic building-integrated panels (PV tiles)
  • CO₂ emission reductions per year: 624 tons
  • Power supply per year: Equivalent to 3 202 households

Located at the Saint-Charles international fruit and vegetable market, the eponymous project is currently the world’s largest major photovoltaic farm integrated into a building. The 97,000 photovoltaic tiles used were not retrofitted to an existing roof, but were used as the primary roof material. This innovative proprietary technology replaced 68,000m² of roofing consisting of asbestos-cement sheets, known for their high levels of toxicity.

As well as strengthening the structure of the buildings, these photovoltaic tiles also helped the site meet modern building standards. In addition, as these buildings are used to store fruit and vegetables, the electricity needed to refrigerate the store areas is entirely covered by the output from the solar panels. A real green revolution for the Saint-Charles market, made possible by the cooperation of more than 50 joint owners who got behind this project.

Located at the Saint-Charles international fruit and vegetable market, the eponymous project is currently the world’s largest major photovoltaic farm integrated into a building. The 97,000 photovoltaic tiles used were not retrofitted to an existing roof, but were used as the primary roof material. This innovative proprietary technology replaced 68,000m² of roofing consisting of asbestos-cement sheets, known for their high levels of toxicity.

As well as strengthening the structure of the buildings, these photovoltaic tiles also helped the site meet modern building standards. In addition, as these buildings are used to store fruit and vegetables, the electricity needed to refrigerate the store areas is entirely covered by the output from the solar panels. A real green revolution for the Saint-Charles market, made possible by the cooperation of more than 50 joint owners who got behind this project.

13/10/2011
Inauguration of the largest roof integrated solar plant in the World in Perpignan by Mrs. Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet

After nearly two years of construction, the roof of Saint Charles International has acquired ...

READ MORE