The aim is to build 600 offshore wind turbines with a total capacity of 3,000 megawatts, said French President Nicolas Sarkozy. He did not specify where these plants will be located.
The project will be one of the largest in the world, with a production capacity equivalent to that of three small nuclear reactors and will also create about 10,000 green jobs, said Sarkozy.
France intends to invest 20 billion euros by the end of 2020, for the construction of wind plants with a total production capacity of 25,000 megawatts to cover 23% of the demand for renewable resources.
Right now, wind power accounts for only around 2% of the total French production compared to 7% in Germany. Britain has about 1,700 wind turbines under construction. London aims to achieve a production capacity of 32,000 megawatts of wind power by 2020, enough to meet 25% of the country’s requirement.
Among companies that could bid for French project development, Reuters listed: Vestas (Denmark), Repower (Germany) and Alstom (France).
[via green report], photo (c) Siemens