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EOLE-RES to begin construction on two new French plant totalling 14.5 MW

EOLE-RES, one of the leading wind farm developers in France, is shortly to begin construction on two new plants totalling almost 14.5 MW. The Cotentin wind plant of 3.9 MW will be situated at Sortosville-in-Beaumont in Basse Normandie and the 10.5 MW Opoul-Périllos wind farm in Opoul and Salses-le-Château in the Pyrénées Orientales. Five months ago the company, created in 1999 with the merger of French engineering firm Eole Technologie and British company Renewable Energy Systems, commissioned the largest wind farm in France at Souleilla-Corbieres of 20.8 MW. Together, the three wind plant represent an installed capacity of 35 MW and investment of around EUR 45 million. They will produce enough energy to provide the annual electricity needs of approximately 38,000 people. The French wind power industry is set for expansion following the conclusion of a tariff agreement last June which will oblige national utility EdF to buy electricity from wind power producers at a guaranteed favourable price. Within the framework of the first wind program, EOLE 2005, EOLE-RES obtained seven contracts which placed it as market leader in mainland France with more than a 26% share.

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