France’s Highest Wind Farm Completed

[] Eole-Res, a subsidiary of the international wind energy company Renewable Energy Systems, announced the completion of Plateau Ardéchois wind farm in the Ardèche region of south-east France. The wind farm consists of eight Vestas 850 kW turbines, giving a total installed capacity of 6.8 MW. It is Eole-Res’s first wind farm in the Ardeche region and brings the total wind power capacity instigated by Eole-Res in France to 45 MW since 2001. The site is in a remote part of the country and 1250 m above sea level, making it France’s highest wind farm. It is also the highest wind farm constructed by the RES Group. Eole-Res said the site enjoys excellent wind speeds and will generate 15 GWh of pollution-free electricity annually, saving around 6000 tons of CO2 emissions every year. The electricity will be purchased by the French state electricity company, EDF. Construction began on 20th July 2004 and the project has been completed on schedule.


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