RWE switches on first onshore wind park in France

RWE's first onshore wind farm in France. Image by RWE AG.

October 25 (Renewables Now) - German energy major RWE AG (ETR:RWE) has put into operation the 26.4-MW Les Pierrots wind farm in France, its first onshore wind project in the country, and signed a three-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Norwegian renewables company Statkraft A/S for the electricity produced by the facility.

The park, located about 250 km (155.3mi) south of Paris, consists of 11 Nordex turbines of the N117 2400 TS98 type which are expected to produce enough clean electricity to supply more than 15,000 households, RWE said on Friday.

The investment cost amounts to EUR 33 million (USD 38.37m).

After Les Pierrots park, RWE plans to start construction on three further wind projects in France with a total capacity of 50 MW this year and commission two more wind farms in 2022 as part of its efforts to expand its business in the country. The projects are part of a 2.7-GW development pipeline for onshore wind and solar power that RWE acquired last year and about 1.9 GW of the pipeline are projects in France.

(EUR 1 = USD 1.163)

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