‘A beautiful idea’: This French town is making its cemetery a source of solar energy

Residents in Saint-Joachim can join this unusual community energy scheme for just €5.


A French town is installing a canopy of solar panels over its cemetery that will distribute energy to local residents.

The idea didn’t start with solar. Saint-Joachim is located in the middle of the Brière marsh – a vast peat bog north of the Loire estuary.

When it outgrew its churchyard cemetery in 1970, a new graveyard was created to the east of the town’s main island, a drop from six to zero metres above sea level.

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