Project Development, Wind Power

Endesa Starts Up Its First Wind Farm in France

General Manager for Endesa Europe Jesus Olmos officially opened the Lehaucourt wind farm in France, with a total installed capacity of 10 megawatts (MW). It is the first of five wind power facilities that Endesa is starting up in the country.

The Lehaucourt wind farm is located in the Picardy region, in the department of l’Aisne and has entailed an investment of approximately Euro 10 million [US$13 million]. It is an example of Endesa France’s commitment to renewable energies, underscoring the Group’s decision to choose the French market as a priority geographical area in terms of European expansion. Endesa France chose four Nordex N90 turbines for this first wind power project, with net capacity of 2.5 megawatts (MW). Standing 125 meters high (the mast measures 80 meters and the blades span 45 meters), this model combines maximum power with minimum impact on the surrounding landscape. This facility’s launch follows the recent award of the tender for the Cernon I and Cernon II wind farms, which will have a total installed capacity of 17.5 MW and that of the Ambon wind farm at the end of last year which has 10 MW in installed capacity. These facilities form part of Endesa France’s Industrial Plan, whose goals include constructing 200 MW of wind power capacity. The initiatives demonstrate Endesa France’s determination to meet peaks in demand by giving priority to technologies with low CO2 emissions and to contribute to the French government’s goal of generating 21% of electricity from renewable energies by 2010.