For the first time Vergnet, the French specialist in small wind turbine manufacture for storm-prone regions, has connected one of its GEV-MP 250 kW turbines to the low-tension grid in mainland France. The unit, located at a test site at Gommerville in the Eure-et-Loire département of north central France, is also being assessed for its ability to work in low wind speeds. The machine has been adapted to work with wind speeds as low as 4 m/s. Other benefits of the design are that it is easy to install and maintain, being about 50% lighter than similarly rated machines, while the guyed mast can be lowered in severe winds, says the company. Vergnet's prime market is among developing countries in the cyclone zone, including French overseas departments and territories. It has installed 65 MW worldwide across its product range.