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Largest Eole-RES plant nears launch

Eole-RES, the French subsidiary of Britain's Renewable Energy Systems (RES), is putting the final touches to its 50 MW Pays de St-Seine plant, 20 kilometres north west of Dijon. The 25 Vestas 2 MW turbines will be the first to start turning in the Bourgogne region. It is also Eole-RES's biggest project to date, taking the total number of megawatts the company has installed in France so far to 307 MW, the most by any single developer in the country according to Eole-RES. There are more big projects in the wings. The company is building 48 MW at Mont Gimont in the Haute-Marne département and recently received siting permits for 52 MW at Sambrès in the Aude département and 54 MW in the Bourgogne region, for completion in 2009 and 2010. It has permits for a further 66 MW and a development portfolio totalling over 2 GW. Eole-RES also now oversees RES's activities in the Mediterranean region and is looking closely at the Turkish and Greek wind power markets.

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