Meudon, France targets geothermal district heating by 2026
The municipality of Meudon, France and Engie Solutions have formed GeoMeudon with the goal of transitioning to geothermal heat by 2026.
The municipality of Meudon in France is targeting the supply of geothermal heating to 15,000 residents in the district of Meudon-la-Forêt by 2026. To achieve this, the municipality has partnered with Engie Solutions to create GeoMeudon.
The municipality of Meudon and Engie will be the shareholders in GeoMeudon, the company that will be building and operating the planned geothermal plant. The use of geothermal energy, combined with a heat pump, will results in a reduction of 17,700 tonnes of CO2 each year and can supply 83% of the district’s heating needs. The transition will also require an investment of EUR 36.8 million.
The heat transition in Meudon will start with the dismantling of the gas boiler which should start in 2023. This will coincide with the construction of a new auxiliary gas boiler room and deep drilling of geothermal wells. The Meudon-la-Forêt boiler room currently supplies gas to 7600 homes via an 8-kilometer network.
“We are in full acceleration of the energy transition, underlines Florence de Pampelonne,” said the deputy mayor (UDI) in charge of the environment. “The aim is to reduce the use of fossil fuels. This is ecological progress, which also makes it possible to stabilize the heating bill in the midst of soaring energy prices . This system is therefore virtuous on all counts.”
Meudon Mayor Denis Larghero also stated that the expected savings from using geothermal heat are substantial, and should reduce bills by 25% to 40%.