25 Jul 2017

A big Thank you to M. Pierre-Henri Bintein

We received a letter of testimony and thanks from the Mayor of Prugnanes, Mr Pierre-Henri Bintein, concerning the El Singla wind project. This testimony summarizes the many years of efforts and joint work that we have carried out in close collaboration with the commune of Prugnanes and Avanty.
We would also like to extend our warmest thanks to the Mayor for his letter, which pleased the entire team of TERRE ET LAC CONSEIL.
 

The letter of the Mayor

The El Singla wind farm includes 9 wind turbines located in Pyrénées Orientales in Occitanie in Southern France.

After several years of discussions and various projects which were set aside because they weren’t suited to local issues, the communes of Prugnanes and Saint-Paul-De-Fenouillet, supported by the community of communes of Agly-Fenouillèdes, decided to build a wind farm on their territory.

The commune’s favourable decision in 2007 kick started the project, which is now nearing its successful completion.

The decision was followed by 10 years of studies, support and partnerships, and requests for authorisations and public inquiries.

TERRE ET LAC CONSEIL has been assisting the AVANTY project since 2013, to support and supervise the successive stages of project development, bank funding (close to €34M), preparation and completion. Terre et Lac’s involvement in the project has been decisive in its realisation, as it has given the project a real boost by setting the pace, allotting time frames and ensuring plenty of local presence.

The wind farm is due to be activated in the summer of 2017 for an average output of 52,000 MWh a year; that is equal to the consumption of 45.000 people (excluding heating), in other words four times the population of Fenouillèdes. A long-term project which has been conducted in a professional partnership-based manner from beginning to end.

In addition to generating green energy, this is also a way for our commune to give our territory a new form of energy, a form of energy that is gentle, financial and economical. In concrete terms our commune will be increasing its resources thanks to the rent received for each one of the 9 wind turbines (a total of €100,000/year). All the wind turbines are indeed located on communal land, a deliberate choice on the part of our municipal council and based on a territorial reality. The communal budget will also be increased by 5,000 euros a year by taxing real estate property. And of course the municipal council has promised that all the profit will be reinvested to enhance the well-being and quality of life of the inhabitants of the commune.

And finally, the work underway is currently generating a turnover of approximately €250.000/MW for local subcontractors (civil engineering, networks, concrete constructions…), that is a total of 2.2 million euros invested over the past months by AVANTY under the supervision of TERRE ET LAC CONSEIL throughout the territory. We have already financed additional developments: donating money to Patrimoine de France for the rebuilding of Pont Vieux in Prugnanes, at the entrance of the village. Trails have been created in a hitherto inaccessible zone in the middle of the garrigue to the great delight of hikers, mountain bike enthusiasts and hunters alike. We also intend to provide the same sort of support to wine growers in our territory, to help them replant their vines at the foot of the wind turbines.

We are proud of our choices and welcome this partnership with TERRE ET LAC CONSEIL, a unique and flexible partnership that has provided the whole municipal team with highly professional support throughout this new project.”

Pierre-Henri Bintein
Mayor of Prugnanes

24 Jul 2017

Terre et Lac Conseil is currently completing the construction of the El Singla wind farm for its customer Avanty (the Langa Group)

It straddles the communes of Prugnanes and Saint-Paul-de-Fenouillet in a hitherto inaccessible and now developed site! All the wind turbines are located on communal land, thus maximising the spin-offs for the local authorities.

It is worth bearing in mind that this project is the first of a framework agreement between TERRE ET LAC CONSEIL and LANGA concerning the identification, development, financing and completion of a portfolio of over 100 MW lasting until 2020. The El Singla wind farm development project began in January 2016 and has lasted close to 18 months. It is due to be activated in July 2017. It has taken 6 months to clear the land and create tracks, about 6 months to create the infrastructure and the rest to assemble the machines.

The site in a few figures:
9 ENERCON E70 wind turbines
Power per unit: 2.3 MW
Overall power of wind farm: 20.7 MW
Yearly production: 51,750 MWh/year, equivalent to the domestic consumption of 45,000 people (excluding heating)
Avoided CO2 emission equivalent: 26,000 tonnes per year

The next construction project will be located in the communes of Bonnet and Houdelaincourt in Meuse (13.2 MW) with larger and more powerful wind turbines (to be activated before the end of the year). To be continued!

11 Jul 2017

It was last week-end at Maury, in the Pyrénées Orientales in France, (a region of which TERRE ET LAC is very fond) that took place the Voix de Femmes Festival. An outdoor festival in the heart of the mountains, it stages young aspiring feminine talents.


In attendance throughout the festival and its installations during the annual seminar

The « solar » and « advice » teams of the TERRE ET LAC group, present here for their annual seminar, appreciate not only the festival but also photovoltaic plants and windmill turbine farm projects in this beautiful region.
To know more about the Voix de Femmes Festival and its program: https://www.festival-voixdefemmes.gb/

07 Jul 2017

In the course of providing project management assistance (coordination of the construction site, local relations, networks) TERRE ET LAC is supervising the installation of six wind turbines in Chamole in Jura, each capable of producing 3 MW.

193 metres from their base to the tip of their blades! Who would have believed such a feat? This is just 15 cm smaller than Montparnasse Tower in Paris!
This spectacular wind farm will be activated late in 2017 and produce 42 GWh a year; that is equivalent to the electricity consumption of 12.000 homes excluding heating.
An ambitious project also supported by district chairperson of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté Marie-Guite Dufay, a staunch supporter of the energy transition. Present on site on the 16th June, during La Journée du Vent (Wind Day), she spoke of her commitment and wish to turn the region into a territory devoted to positive energy.
https://www.bourgognefranchecomte.fr/Priorite-a-la-transition-energetique,1102,11371

Why do the wind turbines need to be so tall?
The wind turbine manufacturers says this is a way of harnessing stronger and more constant winds and therefore of ensuring the project will achieve optimum efficiency.

Find out more: http://www.connaissancedesenergies.org/les-plus-hautes-eoliennes-de-france-bientot-erigees-dans-le-jura-170620

28 Jun 2017

At TERRE ET LAC Conseil, the teams welcome the event because just like the FEE, both specialized in wind energy, sustainable development is all year round!
Without waiting, discover subsequent publications by the federation on the subject : http://fee.asso.fr/semaine-developpement-durable/
with the key figures of the sector, its history, its outlets and the perspectives!
Thank you and bravo the FEE !

22 May 2017

A 6 to 8 wind turbine project

The project consists of a wind farm with 6 to 8 turbines, for a total output of between 18 and 24 MW, scheduled to be installed in 2018-2019 in the commune of Saint Lizaigne, which is part of the Communauté de Communes du Pays d’Issoudun, in the Indre Department in the Centre-Val de Loire Region.
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