Serre Chevalier has added another element to its €3.6 million ‘Renewable Energy Programme’ by adding a second hydroelectric turbine.
The programme has been underway in Serre Chevalier since 2016, and will mean that the ski resort will be able to meet its target of producing 30% of its own electricity consumption by the end of this year (2023) – equivalent to 4000MWh.
This second turbine will use snow-making pipes to generate electricity from snow melting and descending the Le Bez mountain stream. It will generate 3GWh per year.
Serre Chevalier is the first and (as far as we know) the only ski resort in the world to produce its own electricity combining hydroelectricity, solar panels and wind turbines.
Its own energy consumption has decreased by 20% in the last two years.