The exceptional climate of the Alpes de Haute Provence with 300 days of sunshine/year and optimum altitudes at between 400 and 1,200m. There are undeniable assets for the development of the photovoltaic sector in the department.

The Alpes de Haute Provence is the leading department in the Région Sud Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur for photovoltaic installations connected to the electricity transport and distribution grid.

At the end of 2014, the department came 4th where the production of photovoltaic energy was concerned with 186 MW of panels installed on roofs and on the ground (around 1800 roofs and 26 free-standing plants).

Private investment in photovoltaic energy is the largest industrial investment for the energy sector since the creation of the dams!

A political desire to welcome new investors:

Committed for over 10 years to the development of renewable energy, in 2011 the Department launched a Departmental Scheme for new energy.

This is an actual long-term project for the territory, implemented with the Government and in line with national orientations (Grenelle Environnement, Law on Energy Transition).

The departmental scheme includes mastering the energy demand, defining targets for each type of energy potential and developing a complete industrial sector (production, manufacture of equipment, maintenance) which is supported by Capénergies and the emergence of a research, innovation and training cluster in the Alpes de Haute Provence.

A few figures:
  • Setting up of a photovoltaic doctrine in the department to make it easier to receive project initiators on the territory.
  • An ambition:for 2030, the aim is to reach 660 MW i.e. three times more than the power connected to date.
  • The Departmental Board and the association "Pv Cycle" are partners to work on recycling, by 2030 of the 20,000 tonnes of solar panels in the department.
  • Launching of the Plan Climat Énergie Territorial (Territorial Climate Energy Plan) which targets a number of fields related to energy and climate stakes: energy efficiency of buildings, transport and movement, urban planning and territorial development, awareness campaigns for the general public and the players in the territory, etc.