Canadian renewable energy company Boralex Inc (TSE:BLX) said on Tuesday it has launched commercial operations at 53.4 MW of wind turbine capacity in France.
Some 17.4 MW of the new capacity comes from the expanded Seuil de Bapaume wind farm in the departments of Somme and Pas-de-Calais, Hauts-de-France region. The extension consists of five Vestas V117 turbines of 3.45 MW each. Their output, estimated to be enough to supply 8,700 homes per year, will be sold to utility EDF SA (EPA:EDF) under a 20-year contract.
At the start of December, Boralex also brought live the repowered Cham Longe wind park in Ardech department, Auvergne Rhone-Alpes region. The plant was upgraded after 12 of its 14 turbines were dismantled and replaced by 12 new Enercon E82 machines. After the repowering, the wind farm’s capacity has increased from 22.6 MW to 39.95 MW.
The repowered plant will also operate under a 20-year contract with EDF, with its output seen to cover the electricity consumption of 19,975 homes. Cham Longe is Boralex’s first wind farm repowering project, the company noted.
With the newly-added capacity, Boralex now owns 2,246 MW of installed renewable power plants globally, of which 1,037.7 MW in France. The Canadian firm aims to lift its total installed capacity worldwide to 2,800 MW by 2023.
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