EDP Renewables inaugurates two wind farms in France
Madrid, 19th September: EDP Renewables (Euronext: EDPR), the world’s third-largest wind energy producer, has inaugurated two new wind farms in France. The wind farms in Liniez – with a capacity of 15 MW – and Vatan – with 18 MW – are located in the department of Indre, in Central France. The combined annual output of these two wind farms will be enough to supply electricity for 33,000 people, more than the population of Vierzon, which is located a few miles away.
The inaugurations were attended by Frédéric Lanoë, Managing Director of EDP Renewables France and Belgium, and Jérôme Pécresse, Executive Vice President of Alstom and President of the French company’s Renewable Power Division.
The Liniez and Vatan wind farms are equipped with Alstom wind power technology and deliver greater output than other facilities despite more moderate wind conditions, thereby guaranteeing optimum operating conditions for the region. EDPR has been using the 3 MW Alstom ECO 100 platform since 2009, making it a pioneer in this multi-megawatt technology of the future.
EDPR is actively committed to biodiversity conservation on every one of its projects. In this field, the company is about to sign a cooperation agreement with the association “Indre et Nature”. The agreement involves cooperation on a long-term basis and aims to recover the biodiversity of a broad area proposed by the association.
EDPR currently operates 25 wind farms in France with a total installed capacity of 284 MW, making it the fourth largest wind power operator in the country. EDPR recently inaugurated the first ever wind farm in the department of Eure and laid the foundation stone for a facility in the department of Côte d’Or, which will have an installed capacity of 21.6 MW. The group has a project portfolio in France totalling 586 MW.
João Paulo COSTEIRA, Chief Operating Officer for EDP Renewables in Europe, said:
“The Liniez and Vatan wind farms, equipped with Alstom technology, show our commitment to a sustainable French wind power sector in collaboration with the country’s major industrial players. We are delighted to have contributed to the success of the 3 MW model.”