New Law Requires Parking Lots In France To Install Large Solar Panels

Global warming is a serious issue and although there are a number of factors associated with it, it has a lot to do with the use of fossil fuels. This is not only seen in the automobiles we drive but it is also seen in our electric and other energy bills as well.

Perhaps that is why many people are turning to other forms of energy, some of which they consider to be sustainable, such as solar energy.

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In France, this is seen in a rather interesting way because large parking lots are now required to install solar panels.

A law has recently passed the French Senate and is part of an initiative by the president to expand the wind and solar energy supply of that country. It involves lots that have between 80 and 400 spaces.

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I don’t think we need anyone to tell us that parking lots are destructive to the environment. This may help a little because those parking lots in France now have five years to cover at least 50% of their surface with solar panels.

There are some exceptions to this law, and that includes lots that are used for tall trucks and any that are found in historic areas. All other parking lots between 80 and 400 spaces will have to follow the rules.

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Interestingly, the full implementation of this plan is going to generate as much as 11 GW of energy. It would take 10 nuclear reactors to produce that much energy with nuclear power!

Solar panels may also be put in other places in France, including along the French railroad system. They also hope to have 50 new wind farms in position by 2050, which can help with sustainable energy as well.

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