EDF Renewables and EIH, a subsidiary of Enbridge Inc. and CPP Investments, have brought France's first commercial-scale offshore wind project online.
After nearly three years of construction, the Saint-Nazaire Offshore Wind Farm first produced electricity at the beginning of June and proceeded to incrementally connect its 80 wind turbines to the national electricity transmission network.
Located between 12 kilometers (7.4 miles) and 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) from the southwest coast of France, the 480-megawatt Saint-Nazaire Offshore Wind Farm will help support the French State's energy transition goals, which include targets to generate 32 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2030. The wind farm will produce the equivalent of 20 percent of the Loire-Atlantique's annual electricity consumption, and will supply the equivalent of the consumption of 700,000 people with electricity each year.
“We are very proud to commission France's first industrial of