The French leader in photovoltaics, Photowatt, has launched the first service station reserved solely for recharging electric vehicles.
The project, known as Ombriwatt, is the very first of its kind to be fully self-supplied. It is designed to handle the recharging of batteries for all types of electric engine vehicles, including electric-powered bicycles.

Based in Bourgoin-Jallieu from the very beginning, Photowatt, a subsidiary of EDF Renewable Energies since 2012, is closely involved in research to find solutions which contribute to sustainable development and environmental protection. Photowatt actively participates in the Smart City program to design the intelligent cities of the future.
As Jérôme Chauvet, sales manager of EDF ENR Solar, explains, “With an annual production of 38,000 kWh, the service station reduces CO2 emissions by more than 18,000 tons.”

The Rhône-Alpes region has been particularly innovative in developing “clean” solutions and implementing green technologies. One prime example is the Bluely electric car-sharing system available in the Lyon area.