Boralex Commissioned 53 MW of Wind Farms in France

Source: 6/30/2022, Location: Europe

It is with great pleasure that Boralex Inc., France's biggest independent onshore wind energy producer, announces the commissioning of three wind farms with a combined capacity of 53 MW. The operational capacity of Boralex is 2.5 GW globally and 1.1 GW in France. The wind farms are situated in the French commune of Louville-la-Chenard, in the Centre-Val de Loire department of Eure-et-Loir. These commissionings concern the building of a seven-turbine addition as well as the repowering of two existing wind farms with six turbines each. The personnel from Boralex managed and carried out all three projects at once. They will generate enough energy to provide 60,000 French households with about 138 GWh of annual output.

Repowering of the Remise de Réclainville wind farm:
Commissioning date: May 9, 2022
Wind turbines: 6 Nordex N117 (2.4 MW rated power each, 150 m blade tip height)
Total capacity after repowering: 14 MW (capacity before repowering: 12 MW)

Repowering of the Evits et Josaphat wind farm:
Commissioning date: June 24, 2022
Wind turbines: 6 Nordex N117
Total capacity after repowering: 14 MW (capacity before repowering: 12 MW)

Bois des Fontaines wind farm:
Commissioning date: May 12, 2022
Wind turbines: 7 Nordex N117
Total capacity: 25 MW

“As an owner-operator of renewable energy production sites, Boralex aims for optimal management of the life cycle of its sites. Wind farm repowering is an integral part of our strategy. To date, we have repowered and upgraded every one of our sites that has reached the end of its service life. Repowering is also advantageous for the host communities, as it ensures both the sustainability of the commitments made on initial commissionings as well as the local production of cost-competitive green energy,” said Nicolas Wolff, Vice President and General Manager of Boralex, Europe.

Prioritizing the circular economy
The dismantling plan for the repowering of the Remise de Réclainville and Evits et Josaphat wind farms maximized the reuse of raw materials and recycling of existing materials, in line with the principles of circular economy. Thus, for each turbine dismantled, 300 m3 of concrete and 40 metric tons of steel were collected and sent to the appropriate recycling channels. The wind turbines themselves will be sold on the second-hand market and given a second life.

Respecting and protecting biodiversity
Starting at the design phase of our projects, we are extremely vigilant about applying regulatory procedures and adhering to the “avoid-reduce-compensate” principle in order to minimize the impact of our operations on the environment. The construction site of the wind project in the commune of Louville-la-Chenard has been checked regularly by an ecologist since project work began in July 2021. Biodiversity protection measures also include 300 linear metres of hedges composed of native trees and shrubs, planted in January 2022 to create habitats of interest for local wildlife species.

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