French President Emmanuel Macron has opened up the 480MW Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm.
The wind farm is located 12km off the French coast in the Atlantic Ocean.
France’s first wind farm has 27 wind turbines, while it is set to rise to 80.
The park is a joint venture between EDF Renewables and Enbridge, and is owned by Parc du Banc de Guérande, a subsidiary of Eolien Maritime France (EMF).
It comes at a time when the French President “Macron plans to unveil a plan to boost France’s renewable energy output as Europe faces an ongoing energy crisis in the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.”
To be noted, France is the only European country that underperformed its 2020 renewable energy target. It produced 19.1% of its energy consumption from renewables that year, as per the official statistics.
Meanwhile, Macron has already the plans to build six new nuclear reactors to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions. The country aims to have energy independence.
Currently, France has set a goal of building 50 offshore wind farms by 2050.