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First wind plant for Basse-Normandie region

The 7.5 MW Sortosville-en-Beaumont wind farm, the first in the Basse-Normandie region of northern France, was inaugurated in December. EOLE-RES developed the project, which it then sold to CEPE du Cotentin which built and operates the park. GE Wind Energy supplied the five 1.5 MW turbines. EOLE-RES also recently completed a 6.8 MW wind plant on the Plateau Ardéchois in the south-central Ardéche department. Consisting of eight Vestas 850 kW machines, the plant is owned and operated by EOLE-RES through its subsidiary CEPE de Plateau Ardéchois Sarl. Forthcoming EOLE-RES projects include a 20.8 MW installation at Haut-Cabardès in the Aude department of Languedoc-Roussillon, currently under construction, and a 21 MW plant at Roussas, in the Rhône-Alps, scheduled for 2005. The company says it has a further 1500 MW on its books, including a bid for 80 MW in the English Channel. The bid was submitted by a joint venture between Eole Technologie and British company Renewable Energy Systems (RES), but RES took over full ownership in June.

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