Voltalia’s Rives Charentaises Wind Farm Delivers its First Megawatt-Hours to SNCF Voyageurs

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Voltalia, a global leader in renewable energy, reported the initial grid injections from its 37.4-megawatt Rives Charentaises wind farm in France.

Spanning across two departments, Charente and Vienne in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, the wind farm started electricity production in August using eight turbines. The remaining nine turbines will be progressively commissioned, achieving a cumulative capacity of 37.4 megawatts by the end of November this year. Anticipated yearly production is expected to be approximately 78 gigawatt-hours, resulting in an annual reduction of 12,700 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

A sales contract with SNCF Voyageurs, through their in-house electricity supplier, SNCF Energie, supports the wind farm. This agreement for 25 years is for the purchase of the entire output generated by the plant. The wind farm will contribute to covering 1.4% of SNCF Voyageurs’ traction electricity consumption.

“In the current European context, marked by considerable challenges in terms of energy supply, it is imperative to accelerate the growth of competitive, locally produced renewable energies. We are therefore particularly pleased to announce the start of deliveries of the Rives Charentaises park to SNCF Voyageurs”, said Sébastien Clerc, CEO of Voltalia.

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