France expands wind capacity

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The French wind power developer EDF Energies Nouvelles is to construct one of the largest wind farms in France.

Located in Villesèque-des-Corbières, the wind farm will comprise 22 2.3MW turbines supplied by German manufacturer Enercon.

Once built, it will be the most powerful wind farm in the Languedoc-Roussillon region. With a capacity to generate 50.6MW, it will also be one of the largest in France.

The turbines at the site, located in France’s first so-called 'wind energy development zone', will supply enough power for 75,000 people, or one and half times the population of Narbonne.

This is the first in a series of wind energy projects that will be built in France by EDF Energies Nouvelles this year. Others will include the Chemin d’Ablis 52MW farm and the Salles-Curan 87MW farm.

EDF Energies Nouvelles has 483.6MW of wind power plants in France that are currently either in service or under construction.