Paris-headquartered renewables firm EDF Energies Nouvelles (EDF EN) has announced that it will build more than 300 МW of new solar and wind projects on French soil.
The firm, a subsidiary of French power group EDF, has launched construction work on eight wind and solar plants with nearly 190 MW in total installed capacity, it said in a press statement.
The facilities will all be commissioned in the next 18 months, Clarisse Placidoux, a spokesperson for EDF EN, told NewsBase. Of the eight new plants, six will be wind and the other two will be solar.
The wind projects are: Quatre Vallée III (16 MW), Belfays (20 MW), Champagne Picarde (72.6 MW), Carnoye (19.8 MW), Espiers (17.2 MW) and Guilleville (17.7 MW). They are spread across different regions of the country.
Meanwhile, the solar projects to be built are Fossette and Le Fouilloux, both of which have capacity of 12 MW, said Placidoux.
EDF EN also said it had begun commissioning of the Montagne Ardéchoise wind farm, which has 66.5 MW in installed capacity.
The wind farm, which is located across five municipalities in the Ardèche department of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, has a total of 26 turbines.
The company also said that it was in the process of acquiring shares in two wind energy projects in the Occitanie region with a total of 84 MW in installed capacity, under a partnership arrangement.
The partnership is with Montpellier-based Arkolia Energies, and the wind projects are being acquired from the Idex Group, the companies said in a separate joint statement.
The wind projects, which are already at an advanced stage of development, are the 57-MW Haut-Dourdou project in the Aveyron department and the 27-MW Croix de Bor project in the Lozère department.
EDF EN develops, builds and operates solar and wind plants globally, as operator as well as for third parties. As of December 2016, the firm had 9,614 MW in gross installed capacity and 1,780 in gross capacity under construction, according to information on the company’s website. Gross capacity refers to the total capacity of the power plants in which EDF EN is a shareholder.