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The energy circuits, a pedagogical approach linked to renewable energie

As France’s leading producer of 100% renewable electricity, we have developed an approach to industrial tourism to showcase our activities to the general public.

In 2018, we opened two of our heritage sites to visitors: our hydropower plants of Génissiat (Ain/Haute-Savoie) and Bollène (Vaucluse). We began our pedagogical approach to spreading awareness of renewable energies and sustainable development, with our offer of industrial tourism “The energy circuits”, adapted to both children and adults. Our offer has been enriched since 2022 by visits to our wind farms and solar power sites.
Our guided visits allow the public to understand the process of producing electricity from natural resources: water, wind and sun. By opening our sites to visitors, we showcase the industrial heritage of the regions and contribute to the touristic reputation and economic dynamism of the Rhone Valley.

In addition to these visits, we involve the territories directly or in collaboration in a large number of pedagogical actions aimed at increasing awareness:

  • Pedagogical pathways to promote preservation and enhance the heritage of the sites occupied by our wind farms and solar power plants, to teach the general public to preserve these territories.
  • Energy workshops, our customised activities aimed at schoolchildren to explain and recreate the cycle of renewable energies, with three models of the technologies that transform natural resources (water, wind, sun) into electricity. Our workshops stimulate children’s creativity and favours their understanding of the universe of energies.

Ecological transition, in which everyone must participate, above all relies on knowledge of existing and future solutions.

To accept change and become a fully-fledged actor, the first step is to become aware. Through our visits and workshops, we act to provide all the keys required for the understanding and information that shed light on the subject of renewable energies and, in time, promote greater acceptance of them and action by each and all.

Press releases

  • 06/10/2022 – Industrial tourism: CNR opens to the public an original circuit at the heart of the dam-hydropower plant of Génissiat.
  • 01/02/2019 – Industrial tourism: At Bollène, CNR has opened its 2nd circuit for public visits dedicated to renewable energies, energy transition and sustainable transport.
  • 08/03/2018 – CNR is continuing its pedagogical approach around renewable energies and is opening visits to its wind farms and solar power plants.

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CNR, a French company in the service of ecological transition

CNR (Compagnie Nationale du Rhône) is France’s leading producer of 100% renewable electricity with an installed capacity of 4,000 MW.

CNR transforms the energy of the water of the Rhone, of which it has held the concession since 1934, and harnesses the energy of the wind and sun with 120 wind farms and solar power plants in France.

This energy production activity allows it to finance its two other historic missions – managing and developing river transport and irrigating farmland – and its missions in the general interest (5Rhône Plans).

CNR is the only joint stock company in the general interest in France. Its capital is mostly public (183 local authorities, Group Caisse des Dépôts) while ENGIE is its main industrial shareholder. The Rhone Development law of 28 February 2022 extended CNR’s concession until 2041

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