EDF backs 375MW French project

France's EDF Energies Nouvelles (EDF) has thrown its weight behind the Le Mont des 4 Faux – at up to 375MW the country's largest onshore wind farm – under development in the northeastern Champagne-Ardenne region since 2006.

EDF EN said it has taken a 100% stake in Le Mont des 4 Faux. It will take the project forward in conjunction with existing developer WindVision, which has previously said it plans to use Enercon’s giant E-126 7.5MW turbines at the French plant.

Located around 30km from Reims in the Ardenne plains, the wind farm has the potential for around 50 wind turbines, said EDF EN.

The two partners plan to complete the reports necessary to obtain authorisation and planning consent, and to continue to work with local stakeholders who have been involved alongside WindVision so far, according to a statement from EDF EN.

Stephan Moelans, CEO of WindVision, said: We have believed in this ambitious project since 2006. EDF Energies Nouvelles’ ability to manage complex projects gives us even greater faith in its successful completion.”

The Champagne-Ardenne region has the largest wind power capacity installed in France, and EDF currently operates four renewables projects in the area with a total capacity of 38.3MW.