France’s Largest Wind Project Commissioned

EDF Energies Nouvelles (EDFEN) has commissioned the 52-megawatt (MW) Chemin d’Ablis wind farm, the country’s largest such project to date. The project, which is spread across eight communes of the Eure-et-Loir department and is built alongside a 17-kilometer stretch of the A10 autoroute, comprises 26 wind turbines.

The 2-MW machines were supplied by German manufacturer REpower. A direct connection from the installation to the very high-voltage (225 kV) electricity grid was built for the project, another first in France.

“We are delighted to have completed this stand-out project, which illustrates that wind energy can reconcile significant power generation with concerted and successful landscape integration. This is the second major facility we have commissioned this year in France, following on from the 50 MW Villesèque wind farm in July 2008,” stated Yvon André, chief operating officer of EDF Energies Nouvelles.

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