The Mont des Quatre Faux wind farm project of EDF Renewables and Windvision will be the most powerful wind farm in France. On February 9, the two companies won a government tender to develop a 226 MW wind farm in the Ardennes. The issue of regional impact was central to the design of the project.
The most powerful wind farm in France
The Mont des Quatre Faux wind farm project wins a government call for tenders to develop wind energy in France. Planned for 15 kilometers from Rethel, in the Ardennes, it will cover the electricity consumption of the 250,000 inhabitants of the department. With a maximum capacity of 226 MW, this wind farm will be the most powerful in France.
A park with a social and environmental charter
EDF Renewables and Windvision plan to invest more than 250 million euros in the project. The two companies have signed a social and environmental commitment charter with local economic players. They have thus committed to implement an environmental clause. This will take the form of a carbon footprint to guarantee the eco-responsibility of the project.
The park has also been designed to contribute to the socio-economic development of the region. EDF and Windvision are committed to reserving a part of the activity to people in professional integration and to local companies. EDF is also planning to open a maintenance branch, mainly hiring technicians from the department.
A project that does not make humanity
The association of the Mont-des-Quatre-Faux residents’ group has nevertheless been opposing the project for years. It has appealed the decision of the administrative court of Châlons-en-Champagne validating the administrative authorization. The final investment decision will be made in 2022, subject to a favorable ruling by the Court of Appeal.