French firm Albioma is to build 51 rooftop solar projects on apartment buildings operated by Société Anonyme d'Habitations à Loyer Modéré de la Réunion (SHLMR) in towns throughout Reunion Island.
Construction work will begin during the second half of 2019, with all facilities in operation by late 2019, delivering a combined capacity of 4.8MW.
Requests for connections to the network operated by the distribution utility EDF, on the basis of the regulatory feed-in tariffs applicable in May 2017, have either already been submitted or will be by June 2018.
Olivier Bajard, chief executive of SHLMR said: “As well as producing electricity, this project aims to enhance the lives of SHLMR tenants, as all profits generated by the power plants will be reinvested in cleaning and maintaining the host buildings.”
Frédéric Moyne, chief executive of Albioma, said: “We are very proud to be supporting SHLMR with this ambitious project. This partnership highlights Albioma's commitment to the energy transition, benefiting residents and their communities, and consolidating our position as the leading solar power generator in Overseas France.”
Albioma is active in Maritius, Brazil and Overseas France and has a history of producing renewable energy from bagasse, a fibrous residue from sugar cane.