22 Apr Plans for France’s largest wind farm given green light
Plans for France’s largest fleet of wind turbines have been given the go-ahead in a significant boost to the European nation’s renewable energy sector.
The Baie de Saint-Brieuc wind farm will produce 496MW of renewable energy at full capacity, generated from 62 wind turbines across a total distance of 103km².
The €2.5 billion project, located 16km off the Brittany coast at its closest, will start producing power in 2020, supplying an estimated 1,850GWh into the national grid each year, enough to provide for the energy demands of 850,000 people.
Ailes Marines, the company behind the project, said: “[The project is the] first large-scale marine renewable energy project in Brittany and one of the first of its kind at a national level to obtain all the necessary authorisations.”
Offshore construction is due to start in the second half of 2018, which will create 1,800 jobs in the manufacturing of the wind turbines and components, and 2,000 in total.