Safran Helicopter Engines transitions to solar energy to help progress towards carbon reduction goals

Safran Helicopter Engines

Safran Helicopter Engines is the world’s leading manufacturer of rotorcraft turbines and the only one dedicated exclusively to this market. Operating worldwide, it employs 5,900 people and has more than 2,500 customers in 155 countries, and 21,000 engines in service.

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Solar Canopy

About the Project

SAFRAN Helicopter Engine has partnered with Big Sun Solar to build a solar project at the SAFRAN Power Unit in Grand Prairie, Texas. The solar canopies will be built in the parking lot adjacent to Forum Drive and Airbus and will provide covered parking for over 180 employees. The system will generate enough electricity to power 136 homes annually and protect employee vehicles from extreme weather conditions. This project supports SAFRAN's commitment to sustainability and decarbonizing aeronautics.


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We started our search for solar energy because we needed to comply with our objectives to reduce our carbon footprint. We looked locally because we wanted to source materials from the USA and decided to go with Big Sun. They have been a great partner for us throughout the process to get started and throughout the development of the project.

Nicholas Correll

Manager, HSE & Site Security
Safran Helicopter Engines