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currently in France
currently in France
Wind and Others
A wind farm is not just about machines and cables. The success of this type of project is reliant on various operators working together, from the village mayor to the maintenance operator. Here’s a brief overview in images and music.
A few months back, we showed you the workings of a wind farm. Yes, they were in Belgium, but we can assure you, they work in the same way.
We are spending this week at Erelia. Founded in 2003 and bought in 2007 by GDF SUEZ, this company from Nancy is a major wind energy operator in France. A wind farm project of any size cannot be built in a day. Various operators assist in its birth. We invite you to meet them.
We should remember that Erelia is special in wanting to involve local operators in the establishment of a farm. This can translate to several actions, such as the:
- formation of a local association to boost the regional economy. For instance, the ETAP association is currently introducing visits for school groups to the Hauts-Pays wind farms. A wind energy fair is also scheduled for summer 2011. In addition, a micro-credit system to support local initiatives may be established. This is one of the ways Erelia has found to share the wealth generated by wind farms.
- participative shareholders: the residents of the districts concerned have the opportunity to invest in the wind farms. Their contribution can help move the project forward. And they receive a dividend for many years, at a rate fixed at the outset.
To end this week at Erelia, we would say that two things are needed for a wind farm to be successful. Firstly, strong support from the local community. Secondly, wind, since, lest we forget, this is what powers them.