France, 17 June 2017. EDP Renewables (EDPR), a global leader in the renewable energy sector and one of the world’s largest wind energy producers, celebrated the fifth anniversary today 17 June of the wind farms at Massingy-lès-Vitteaux and Marcellois in France’s Côte d’Or.
Each township is home to six wind turbines, which are each 130 metres tall and have an installed capacity of 1.8 MW.
These twelve wind turbines generate an annual output equivalent to the energy consumed by 15,000 people, excluding heating (ADEME, 2013). This represents the annual consumption of almost the entire population of the Terres d’Auxois area, all generated on land that covers less than three hectares. Thanks to a technical availability of 99%, EDPR has registered an optimum output level, allowing the company to get the most out of the wind resources in the area. The output at both farms is contributing towards meeting the goal of increasing renewables in the energy mix throughout France and in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region in particular.
To celebrate this milestone, and coinciding with Global Wind Day, the Mayors of these two municipalities, Mr. Pétréau and Mr. Lagneau, arranged a visit to the Marcellois wind farm so they could see for themselves the various activities involved in a wind energy project. The event was attended by representatives of various EDPR departments (project development, construction and operation) to explain the project to the attendees.
Those participating were treated to a performance by the local Rallye d’Auxois hunting horn association, led by the Mayor of Massingy-lès-Vitteaux, and an exhibition looking back at the events that have taken place over the five years since the facility entered service.
These celebrations reflect the healthy relations EDPR enjoys with local players and evidence the company’s commitment to establishing long-lasting bonds with the region.
These two wind farms are also a source of wealth for the local community. The activities necessary to ensure the optimum operation of wind turbines generate over 15,000 direct jobs in France, 700 of which are in the region. These wind farms also generate tax benefits that municipalities and adjacent communities can harness to roll out local projects aimed at improving the quality of life in the area.
Lagneau, the Mayor of Marcellois since 2001, said: “We are immensely proud to have these wind turbines in our local community. EDPR has included us at every stage of the project, from development to their entry into service. The wind farms have also generated significant tax revenues which have helped strengthen municipal budgets and allowed us to carry out initiatives to improve the quality of life for local people, such as the creation of a local council office and its facilities, hiring a landscape gardener to maintain the gardens (the municipality has been awarded Village Fleuri (Villages in Bloom) certification and was recognised for the 12th time in 2014) and the refurbishment of the old school”.
Patrick Simon, Deputy Managing Director, EDPR France, said: “We are hugely proud of being able to participate in the challenging energy transition in France and in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté specifically. Contributing to the creation of wealth in our region is enormously satisfying. Today’s celebrations reflect EDPR’s commitment to working alongside our local partners”.
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EDP Renewables (Euronext: EDPR) is a global leader in the renewable energy sector and the world’s fourth-largest wind energy producer. With a sound development pipeline, first class assets and market-leading operating capacity, EDPR has undergone exceptional development in recent years and is currently present in 12 markets (Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, the UK and the US). Energias de Portugal, S.A. (“EDP”), the principal shareholder of EDPR, is a global energy company and a leader in value creation, innovation and sustainability. EDP has been a Dow Jones Sustainability Index for eight consecutive years.
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