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AMERICANS ARRIVE IN FRANCE

Wind power developers from the United States are showing an interest in the French market. A 7.5 MW wind farm near Carcassonne in the south, proposed for a site overlooking an opencast gold mine, is backed by an investor controlled by New World Power of Connecticut. The investor is Energies Nouvelles pour le Monde, a fund based in London. The site, a windy and deserted plateau, has been selected by Philippe Bruyerre of Espace Eolien Developpement (EED) of Lille working together with local renewables firm, Soleole. Turbines are to be supplied by Belgian firm WindMaster and assembled by EED. The project expects to be supported under the EC's Thermie programme. France has also been paid a visit by Zond Systems of the US. American developers seem attracted by France's windy open spaces which are not so different from those in Spain now being eagerly developed by wind power companies.

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