Image by: Renewable Energy Systems (www.res-group.com).
UK-based RES Group has received a contract from Swiss energy company Alpiq to take charge of the repowering of its Gravieres wind farm in France.
The development contract calls for RES to replace the power plant’s six Vestas V66 turbines with new hardware that will lift its annual output by 30%, Alpiq said on Tuesday. The Swiss company’s plan is to renew the entire site and install six newer and more powerful machines, thus lifting the overall capacity to 13.8 MW. As a result, the wind park’s generation will rise from 25,000 MWh to around 32,000 MWh per year, ot enough to meet the demand of almost 8,000 homes.
The 10.5-MW Les Gravieres wind farm, located in the Drome department, has been generating power since 2006 and has helped offset around 161,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Its repowering will take place in 2023-2024 and will extend the plant’s lifespan by an additional 30 years.
RES developed and built the Les Gravieres wind park and sold it to Alpiq in 2008.
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