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A locally integrated development

Our support begins with the development of your floating solar power plant project. We’ll help you with all the necessary steps to turn your unused bodies of water into sustainable sources of income, while contributing to the energy transition and saving water at the same time.

We support you locally at every stage of the development of your project. Renewable energy projects such as floating photovoltaics are large-scale projects requiring both expertise and local knowledge.

Our project managers carry out all the procedures and studies required to obtain the necessary permits. Our collaborative approach, centered on active listening, enables us to engage in dialogue with all stakeholders.

98
floating projects built and operational

1,2 GWp
projects under development

3
GWp total capacity target +5 years

Discover our floating solar project development process

Site identification &
project preliminary design

We identify the potential of each site, then our engineers draw up a preliminary design for the floating solar power plant. This initial design will evolve according to the results of feasibility studies and in-depth analysis of technical, environmental and local issues.

Feasibility studies launched

Alongside consultation with local elected representatives, we carry out rigorous feasibility and impact studies on each site. These studies take place over four seasons, and cover the flora and fauna, landscape, physical and climatic environment, as well as local socio-economic and tourism factors.

Consultation

We also consult all the relevant government departments to ensure that the project is properly appraised. In addition to determining how we will connect to the electricity grid for the sale of renewable energy, we also consult the departments in charge of gas, telecoms, historic sites, fire, drinking water and regional planning.

Local dialogue

Using feedback from impact and technical studies, we carry out a pre-framework with government departments, and together we define any sensitivities and areas of exclusion. Our in-depth understanding of the site enables us to design the power plant in the best possible way and assess the impact it will have, how to reduce it or at least compensate for it. The local urban development plan may have to be modified to meet the project’s needs, but we carry out the whole process in consultation with all parties, enabling us to co-construct the renewable energy project.

Inquiry follow-up

We submit the application for planning permission and oversee its approval by the government. At this stage of the project, a public inquiry takes place: an investigating commissioner is appointed to present information on the project to the general public, in order to gather citizens’ opinions prior to obtaining the building permit.

Connection to the grid & application to the energy price tender

Once planning permission has been obtained, we apply to connect the project to the electricity grid and validate the layout. To sell the energy produced on the site, we apply to the energy price tenders.

Our experts talk about your solar project

For me, the development phase is the stage that enables us to understand the site in order to define the most suitable floating solar project.

The first step is to draw up an initial site inventory. As project manager, I work with engineering firms (ecologists, landscape architects, town planners, etc.), government departments and local players to understand the site.

Then, with our engineers, we design the layout and site plans, looking for the best project given the combined challenges. We also present this project to the various stakeholders in the area to obtain their opinions.

Finally, we carry out an impact study to understand the potential effects of the project on its environment and seek to avoid, reduce and ultimately compensate for them. 

Project development is therefore a very rich stage involving many considerations, at the crossroads of expert opinions and feedback from local players to end up with a virtuous, integrated project.

Léa | Solar Project Manager

Discover our latest floating solar projects developed around the world

The Magase ike project
Floating solar panels on an irrigation pond

Magase Ike is located in Awaji Island, Minamiawaji City, Hyogo prefecture. The pond where the project is installed is owned by the town and 5 districts administrate it. The pond’s water is for agricultural use only. The first contact to the Administrator of the 5 districts was in June 2018, and we...

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The Santa Lucia project
Floating solar panels on a water treatment pond

In 2018, our director Eva Pauly-Bowles met Forrest Arthur, Managing Director of the Santa Lucia Preserve. This community had two artificial lakes on its land, used for water treatment facility and irrigation for its golf course. Santa Lucia is located in Monterey county, California, and as for many reservoirs in the area,...

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The Ichinomiya Ike project
Floating solar panels on an irrigation pond

Discover the Ichinomiya Ike floating solar power plant, Japan: a floating photovoltaic project developed by Laketricity and installed on an irrigation lake. The whole structure covers 32% of the water surface. The anchoring was made with percussive driven earth anchors.

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The Hanaoka Ike project
Floating solar panels on an irrigation pond

Hanaoka Ike is located in Minamiawaji City, Hyogo Prefecture, which is locally renowned for its onion production. The pond is owned by the City and managed by the local farmer’s association. A pond near Hanaoka Ike has hosted a floating solar project which has therefore started to generate renewable energy in return...

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The Sugu #2 project
Floating solar panels on a water retention pond

Learn about this floating solar power plant in Taiwan. 3,840 PV modules installed on a water retention pond. The whole structure covers 28% of the water surface. The anchoring was made with anchors on the banks of the pond.

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The Kayama project
Floating solar panels on an irrigation pond

A floating solar project developed by Laketricity: discover the Kayama floating PV power plant installed on an irrigation reservoir in Japan.

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The Taixi Fishery PV #1 project
Floating solar panels on a fish pond

It all began in 2016 when Cedric Jaeg, CEO of Laketricity Taiwan, joined a working group on the development of solar power plants applied to aquaculture. As a result of this consortium, in 2017 Laketricity Taiwan won a tender to supply the floating solution that would be used to test FPV on...

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The Windsor, California project
Floating solar panels on a water treatment plant

Around every two years, the city of Windsor measures its greenhouse gas emissions and analyzes them with the aim of reducing them. In 2017, it was found that 38% of the city's carbon footprint was due to wastewater treatment facilities. To mitigate the impact of the sewage treatment plant, the city of...

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The Sobradinho project
Floating solar panels on a hydro-dam

The Sobradinho dam was built in the 1970s on one of Brazil's main rivers: Rio São Francisco. Its flow is used to generate electricity thanks to the hydroelectric dam installed on the reservoir. In 2016, the Brazilian government decided to launch an R&D program to study the hybridization of a floating photovoltaic...

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The Yukimine Kami Ike project
Floating photovoltaic system on an irrigation pond

A floating solar power plant project developed by Laketricity: discover the Yukimine Kami Ike floating PV power plant installed on an irrigation pond in Japan. The entire structure covers 59% of the water surface. The anchorage was made with percussion earth driven anchors.

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The Jiali project
Floating solar panels on an irrigation pond

Find out more about the floating solar panels project in Taiwan. 3,294 PV panels installed on an irrigation pond.

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The Hikita Ike project
Floating solar panels on an irrigation pond

Hikita Ike is located in Katsuragi City, Nara Prefecture, and is surrounded by many rice fields. Agriculture and fish farming are very present in this region. The pond is owned by the Land Improvement District, a local farmers’ organization, and has been leased to fish farmers for a long time. It offered...

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The Piolenc project
Floating solar panels on a quarry lake

Piolenc is the very first project developed by Laketricity (formerly Multimega, the development arm of the Ciel & Terre group). It is also the first French floating solar pilot, installed on the company's own initiative. The project was developed in collaboration with Akuo, who remained active during the development phase and made...

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The Sugu #1 project
Floating solar applied on a water retention pond

A floating solar project developed by Laketricity: discover the Sugu #1 floating PV power plant installed on a water retention reservoir in Taiwan. The floating structure covers 15% of the total water surface. The floating solar power plant was anchored using a hybrid method: at the bottom of the pond, but also...

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The Tano Ike project
Floating solar panels on an irrigation pond

A floating PV project developed by Laketricity: discover the Tano Ike floating solar power plant installed on an irrigation reservoir in Japan.

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The Taixi Fishery PV #2 project
Floating solar panels on a fish pond

It all began in 2016 when Cedric Jaeg, CEO of Laketricity Taiwan, joined a working group on the development of solar power plants applied to aquaculture. As a result of this consortium, in 2017 Laketricity Taiwan won a tender to supply the floating solution that would be used to test FPV on...

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The Saiko Ike project
Floating solar panels on an irrigation pond

Saiko Ike is located in the mountainous area of central Hyogo Prefecture and has very clean water. The pond is owned by the Land Improvement District and managed by a local farmer’s association. Floating solar power is very popular in this area and is installed on six different ponds, including Saiko Ike,...

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The Watashi Ike project
Floating solar panels on an irrigation pond

Discover the Watashi Ike floating solar power plant, Japan: a floating PV project developed by Laketricity and installed on an irrigation lake. The whole structure covers 52% of the water surface. The anchoring was made with Percussive driven earth anchors.

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