26 January 2005 - Eole-Res, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the international wind energy company Renewable Energy Systems Ltd, has announced the completion of Plateau Ardéchois wind farm in the Ardèche region of south-east France. The French state electricity company, EDF, will purchase the electricity produced.
The wind farm has been developed and built by Eole-Res SA for the CEPE du Plateau Ardéchois SARL and consists of 8 Vestas 850 kW turbines, giving a total installed capacity of 6.8 MW. It is Eole-Res's first wind farm in the Ardèche region and brings the total wind power capacity instigated by EOLE-RES in France to 45 MW since 2001.
The site is in a remote part of the country and 1250m above sea level, making it France's highest wind farm. It is also the highest wind farm constructed by the RES Group. The site enjoys excellent wind speeds and will generate 15 GWh of pollution-free electricity annually, saving around 6000 tonnes of CO2 emissions every year.
Construction began on 20th July 2004 and the project has been completed on schedule. Subcontractors included Vestas France SAS for the turbines, Razel for the civil works, Areva for the substation and Exbrayat for the electrical works. This is the first time RES has used the Vestas V52 turbine, which has a hub height of 55m.