Renault Trucks goes solar at European facility

Renault Trucks is beginning its full transition to renewable energy as it looks to solar power at its French plant.
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Renault Trucks is taking a leap in its transition to clean energy use with the announcement of a solar energy project at its industrial site at Bourg-en-Bresse, France.

In conjunction with TotalEnergies, it will look to install 17 hectares-worth of solar canopies, to be used at the plant on the site for truck production.

Renault says the electricity output will cover the equivalent consumption of almost 17,500 people.

Managing director at TotalEnergies Renouvelables France Marin de Montbel says that the project is an important one for the company; as is the partnership with Renault.

“We’re extremely proud to be supporting Renault Trucks in its energy transition,” he says.

“Through this project, we’re demonstrating our ability to develop technically complex projects that create value.”

Source: Renault Trucks

Renault says the solar canopies will have a total output of more than 22 peak megawatts spread over the 17 hectares of land, and will be one of the largest of its kind in France.

30 per cent of the site’s electricity consumption will be supplied by the canopies, which will also act as shaded areas for workers to park cars and trucks under.

Vice president of Renault Trucks Karine Forien says the 2026 introduction of the solar will change the way the company uses energy in its heavy vehicle production.

“At Renault Trucks, we’re strongly committed to decarbonising our industry and preserving our resources,” she says.

“We’re backing up our commitments with tangible actions, including the electrification of our vehicle ranges, which immediately eliminates CO2 emissions in use, and the decarbonisation of our own operations.

“The energy transition is at the core of our strategy and this solar canopy project is a prime example.”

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