French Town to Generate Solar Energy from Cemetery

The French town of Saint-Joachim intends to use solar panels installed over the cemetery to generate clean energy and distribute it to the townspeople. Currently under construction, the solar-canopy panel will serve a practical function on top of providing the town with clean solar energy.

Located right in the center of a massive peat bog called the Briere Marsh, Saint Joachim regularly experiences flooding in its lowlands during the winter.

The original cemetery was located six meters above sea level, but the town outgrew the property five decades ago and created a new one east of Saint-Joachim’s main island at a location that is right at sea level. Unfortunately, this means the new cemetery experiences flooding during the winter.

Because draining the ground would force the town into a never-ending battle with the rain and marshy ground, the town mayor proposed covering the ground with some kind of canopy. Further brainstorming led to the idea of collecting the rainwater that would have flooded the area and using it to water the grass next to the nearby sports club as well as other plants located the town.

Adding solar panels would allow the town to generate clean energy from what would have been a redundant surface and further Saint-Joachim’s efforts to expand renewable energy generation. Saint-Joachim is incredibly forward-thinking in regard to clean energy and installed solar panels on its municipal roofs 12 years ago to ensure town administrators and employees use clean energy.

With the solar-canopy project at the new cemetery, Saint-Joachim will be able to supply renewable energy to its residents as well. Unlike typical energy initiatives that use a top-down approach, this solar project is cobuilt by Saint-Joachim citizens and has an approval rate of 97%. According to the report, 420 of the town’s 4,000 citizens have registered official interest in joining the project.

Construction of a prototype has begun on a 180-square meter patch of land to give the townspeople an idea of how the project will look once it is complete. Resident and Brier’energie association president Eric Broquaire expects residents will sign up for the project in droves once it begins and initial adopters start receiving solar energy.

According to Broquaire, the cemetery project will likely be the first time in France that such a large number of people share solar electricity. More specifically, he says it will be the first time more than 1,000 people share electricity without the need for payment.

Residents will only have to pay a $6.40 entry fee to join the Saint-Joachim solar project. It could potentially serve at least 2,000 people once it is fully operational; that figure represents around 20% of the town’s population (800 people) if it only focuses on fully powering those close to the cemetery, thanks to 5,000 photovoltaic cells with a 1.3 MW output.

Enterprises that are focused on developing solutions for the efficient and cost-effective use of decentralized energy generation, such as Correlate Energy Corp. (OTCQB: CIPI), can easily come up with the needed technology to give localities such as Saint Joachim a seamless way to distribute the solar energy they will be generating at the cemetery.

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