All large car parking spaces in France to generate solar energy

Large car parking set for France to generate solar energy
Large car parking set for France to generate solar energy. Image: Andreas Altenburger/

A recent legislation by the French government aims to cover all large parking lots, across the country, with solar panels.

According to a report published in the Guardian on Wednesday, November 9, the new law will apply to all existing as well as new car parking spaces with space for at least 80 vehicles.

The report adds that owners of car parks with a capacity between 80 and 400 vehicles will be given a period of five years to comply with the measures. On the other hand, operators with more than 400 car parking spaces will have to comply within the next three years.

The French government believes that this plan to harvest solar energy from parking lots could help the country generate up to 11 gigawatts of electricity. Politicians in France are now identifying proposals to construct large-scale solar farms on empty stretches of land next to highways as well as railways. They had earlier planned to cover parking spaces with solar panels in car parks bigger than 2,500 square metres.

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