Vestas receives fifteenth order from EOLE-RES for 20 MW in France

EOLE-RES has signed an agreement to construct a wind power plant using 10 V100-2.0 MW turbines. This will be the customer’s fifteenth wind power plant with Vestas turbines, and turbine installation will commence in the first quarter of 2014.

The Haut Chemin wind power plant will be installed in the Haute Marne department, in the northern region of Champagne Ardenne in France.

The contract includes delivery, installation and commissioning of the wind power plant, including a fifteen-year service and availability agreement. The wind turbines for the Haut Chemin wind power plant are scheduled to be delivered in the first quarter of 2014, with commissioning expected by the second quarter of 2014.

EOLE-RES is a subsidiary of RES Méditerranée, which develops, builds and operates renewable energy plants in the Mediterranean region and in the Middle East.

Since 1999, we have been actively operating in the renewable sector, having a total capacity of 500 MW of renewable energy installed or currently under construction in France, half of which with Vestas turbines,” comments Matthieu Guérard, Managing Director of EOLE-RES who continues, “We have been partnering with Vestas since 2002 and for our new wind power plant we once again chose Vestas as its offer met our requirements in terms of solid technology, cost of energy and past partnership and business experiences.

Nicolas Wolff, General Manager, Vestas France, states: “Having always firmly believed in France’s wind energy potential, it is rewarding to see that our experience and the long-lasting partnerships we have been building are paying off. Today, we reaffirm our support to EOLE-RES and their commitment to renewables, as well as to the Champagne-Ardenne region and its regional scheme objective of 2,870 MW by 2020.”

Vestas’ latest turbine enhancements ensure maximum energy production at low and medium onshore sites, strengthening the business case for investment and reducing the cost of energy,” says Nicolas Wolff.

The clean, green energy provided by the Haut Chemin wind power plant will provide enough electricity to cover the residential electricity consumption of almost 22,000 people in France.

With over 57 GW of installed capacity worldwide and 62 per cent more capacity installed than its closest competitor, Vestas is the global leader in wind energy. Since 1979, Vestas has supplied almost 50,000 wind turbines in 73 countries. Vestas provides jobs for more than 17,000 people at its service and project sites, research facilities, factories and offices all over the world.

As of 30 June 2013, Vestas has delivered to the French market a total of 1,628 MW. Vestas has sales offices in Paris and Montpellier and a network of eight service centres throughout the country to ensure the highest availability and power production of the wind power plants. Today, Vestas France employs more than 250 people.

EOLE-RES has specialised in the development, financing, construction and operation of renewable energy plants in the French market for over 15 years, and is responsible for 500 MW of renewable energy either installed or currently under construction in France. The company is a subsidiary of the British Group RES, one of the world’s leading renewable energy developers with over 7,500 MW installed capacity worldwide. The Group also benefits from an offshore expertise as it has successfully applied its skills and experience to help deliver over 500 MW of consented offshore capacity in the UK.