New York [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Endesa France will build a new wind farm called “Les Vents de Cernon” in the Champagne Ardennes region of France, with an installed capacity of 17.5 megawatts (MW).Danish contractor Nordex has been hired to build the farm, at an estimated cost of Euro 22 million [US$28.8 million]. Annual output is estimated at over 39 gigawatt-hours (GWh). In the initial phase of the project, the facility will be equipped with four N-90/LS model wind turbines with a unit capacity of 2.5 MW. The mast will be 80 meters high, the rotor will be 90 meters in diameter and the blades will be 44 meters in length. Investment during phase one is estimated at Euro 13 million [US$17 million]. The civil engineering work will begin in autumn 2007; the assembly of the wind turbines will begin in May 2008 and the farm is expected to be delivered in June 2008. Phase two will entail the installation of a further three wind turbines with unit capacity of 2.5 MW, at an estimated investment of Euro 9 million [US$11.8 million]. This extension is subject to permits from the L’aisne local authorities. These initiatives reaffirm Endesa’s commitment to the environment and sustainable development, in line with the French government’s policy target of generating 21% of energy consumption from renewable sources, in accordance with the provisions of the related European Directive. This project is part of Endesa France’s business plan, which calls for the construction of 200 MW of wind generation capacity. This contract tender comes almost simultaneously with the imminent commissioning of the 10 MW Lehaucourt wind farm and on the heels of the auction for the construction of the Ambon wind farm — also with capacity of 10 MW — at the end of 2006.