Installation of a photovoltaic shade

To reduce the carbon footprint of its La Balme site and decarbonize the energy used, bioMérieux has installed a photovoltaic shade on the parking lots. This will enable it to produce 20% of its own energy.

Main project's drivers for reducing the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions

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Energy and resource efficiency

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Energy Decarbonisation

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Energy efficiency improvements

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Improving efficiency in non-energy resources

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Emission removal

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Financing low-carbon issuers or disinvestment from carbon assets

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Reduction of other greenhouse gases emission

Project objectives

Minimize the carbon footprint of its La Balme site by installing photovoltaic panels that will produce 20% of the site's energy for self-consumption. 5300 m2 of photovoltaic shading have been deployed with an installed power of 1MWp, which is the largest authorized power (in 2020, it was the largest photovoltaic shading project in France).

Detailed project description

To reduce its environmental impact and minimize its dependence on the electricity grid, bioMérieux is launching a local initiative at its La Balme site in Isère. The company has installed 5,300 square meters of photovoltaic shade on its parking lots, with an installed capacity of 1 MWp, the highest authorized capacity. In 2020, this was the largest photovoltaic shade structure project in France.

The photovoltaic panels allow the La Balme site to:

  • Produce electricity from renewable sources, which will then be used by the bioMérieux site

Produce 20% of the site’s energy for self-consumption

Emission scope(s)

on which the project has a significant impact

Scope 1

Direct emissions generated by the company's activity.

Scope 2

Indirect emissions associated with the company's electricity and heat consumption.

Scope 3

Emissions induced (upstream or downstream) by the company's activities, products and/or services in its value chain.

Emission Removal

Carbon sinks creation, (BECCS, CCU/S, …)

Avoided Emissions

Emissions avoided by the activities, products and/or services in charge of the project, or by the financing of emission reduction projects.

Scope 2 – Replacement of the use of electricity taken from the grid

Quantification :

  • Before project: 220tCO2eq/year of CO2 emissions related to the electricity consumption

    Post-project : 130tCO2eq/year

    Scope 2: – 90 tons

Emission factor for grid electricity in France: 0.075 kg eq CO2 / kWh

Key points

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Invested amount

1.9 million over 20 years

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Starting date of the project


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Project localisation

La Balme, Isère

Project maturity level

Prototype laboratory test (TRL 7)

Real life testing (TRL 7-8)

Pre-commercial prototype (TRL 9)

Small-scale implementation

Medium to large scale implementation

Economic profitability of the project (ROI)

Short term (0-3 years)

Middle term (4-10 years)

Long term (> 10 years)

Illustrations of the project

The project contributes to SDG 7 Clean and Affordable Energy by producing 20% of the site’s energy needs for self-consumption through the use of photovoltaic panels and minimizing the site’s electricity consumption taken from the grid.

In order to promote the replicability of the project, it is necessary to strengthen the collaboration with local actors.

The technical solutions chosen must be viable and sustainable.

Through this project, two partnerships have been initiated with the consulting firms Energ’Isère and HORNET énergies, specialized in solar renewable energies.

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