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Lesaffre, a yeast manufacturer, has partnered with Qair to implement solar power supply in France.

French fermentation specialist Lesaffre has committed to procuring green power from a 30-MWp agrivoltaic park at home under a deal with independent renewable power producer Qair.

The parties have signed a corporate purchase of renewable electricity (CPPA) with a term of 18 years, they said on Wednesday. Under the arrangement, Lesaffre will buy half of the solar park’s entire output, or around 34 GWh per year, to power its Biospringer by Lesaffre production sites in Maisons Alfort, near Paris.

The photovoltaic (PV) farm to be built by Qair will be located in the Hauts-de-France region of northern France and will combine both solar power production and agricultural activities. Construction activities at the site are planned to be launched next year, with the plant scheduled to go online in 2026. Its annual generation is estimated to be 68 GWh.

The power off-take deal supports Lesaffre’s efforts to lower its carbon footprint and comes on the heels of a its first CPPA from last year that provides it with green energy for its largest yeast plant in Marcq-en-Baroeul.


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