Paris, March 31, 2011 — Alstom has secured the first order for its ECO 110 wind turbine by signing a contract with wind farm developer Eole Generation, wind farm developer and unit of GDF SUEZ, to construct the Landes de Couesme wind farm near La Gacilly in Brittany, France.
The wind farm will have a total installed capacity of 33 MW, enough to provide clean energy to 22,000 households and avoid the production of 77,000 tons/year of carbon dioxide, thus helping France to meet government targets to install 19 GW of onshore wind and 6 GW of offshore wind by 2020.
Today, onshore wind farms in France represent an installed power of 5.7 GW.
The contract signed by Alstom, worth just under $ 42.5 million in total, includes the assembly, supply and installation of eleven ECO 110 wind turbines of 3 MW each plus five years of operation and maintenance.
With its 53-meter long blades, Alstom's ECO 110 wind turbine captures power more efficiently, meaning fewer units are needed to generate a given amount of electricity. One unit alone has the capacity to provide enough electricity for 2,000 households and avoid the production of 7,000 tons of carbon dioxide per year.
To date, Alstom Wind has installed or is installing more than 2,080 wind turbines in more than 110 wind farms, representing a total capacity of more than 22,680 MW.