Despite difficult weather conditions, the inauguration of the 9 turbines of the El Singla wind park took place on 19 October amidst the autumn colours of the vineyards.
This ceremony was the result of many years’ work, a real success shared by the Territory, the Region, the Département and Municipalities. Mr Philippe VIGNES, Prefect of Pyrénées Orientales, Mr Laurent Alaton, Deputy Prefect, Mr Charles CHIVILO, President of the Inter-Municipal Committee of Agly Fenouillèdes, Departmental councillor for the canton of Vallée de l’Agly, Ms Eliane JARYCKI, Regional Councillor, Occitanie, Mr Pierre Estève, President of Pays de l’Agly, Mr Jacques BAYONA, Mayor of Saint-Paul-de-Fenouillet, Mr Pierre Henri BINTEIN, Mayor of Prugnanes, Mr Peter SCHUSTER, Chairman of Enercon France (the turbine installation company), Mr Gilles LEBREUX, Representative of Avanty, Chairman of the LANGA Group (project owner) and Mr Christophe BRET, Director of TERRE ET LAC CONSEIL (owner support) were all present on this fine inaugural day.
Their speeches reflected this success and dynamic event for Les Fenouillèdes! All praised the work, tenacity, follow-up, expertise and dependability of all the public and private partners involved in this project which would not have succeeded without them.
Established in the towns of Prugnanes and Saint-Paul-de-Fenouillet in a previously inaccessible – and now developed – zone, the project was initiated in late 2007 by the inter-municipal community of Agly-Fenouillèdes and, in particular, the town of Prugnanes. Together, they defined a potential deployment zone for the wind turbines within the ZDE (wind development zone) project to launch more precise studies.
TERRE ET LAC CONSEIL, has been assigned by LANGA, the project owner, to work on the finalisation of this project since 2013: development, obtaining of permits and funding and construction and operation of 9 Enercon wind turbines with a nacelle 75 high with blades measuring 35 metres each.
The existence of this green energy production tool is therefore the result of the strong determination of local authorities and citizens who initiated, followed up and supported this project. The El Singla wind park site took almost 18 months to complete, starting January 2016: 6 months to clear the ground and open tracks, about 6 months for infrastructure work and the remaining time to assemble the machines. These were commissioned in July 2017.
It is also a success because the park satisfies the need to develop energy production modes promoted by the French Energetic Transition Act, with goals such as renewable energy development, energy diversification and enhancement of the territory’s resources. The El Singla wind park contributes to the national goal of increasing electricity production means on the basis of clean, renewable energy and helps increase the proportion of wind power in the French energy mix. Furthermore, the project brings the source of electricity production closer to consumers (homes, shops, etc.). The 9 wind turbines represent a total installed power of 20.7 MW for annual production estimated at 51,750 MWh. This production represents consumption by a population of around 45,000 excluding heating (the equivalent of the population of the arrondissement of Prades) and will prevent the discharge of some 26,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.
It is also a success with respect to the socio-economic feedback produced by such an installation. This is considerable in terms of local taxes and the payment of rents. In concrete terms, this income is reinjected into the territory for the well-being of the population.
Economic activity for local companies during the construction period was high. The construction works generated turnover of around 2.2 million euros for the whole park for local subcontractors (public works, utilities, concrete, etc.). Finally, the park has created direct and indirect jobs linked to the installation and operation of wind turbines.
This day brought together a varied public including stakeholders in local economic life, elected representatives and even schoolchildren, as pupils of Saint Paul de Fenouillet primary school were invited for a workshop on green energy and wind power (production of wind turbines and kites)! Everyone was proud and happy to inaugurate a profitable project from all angles!
The atmosphere was friendly with a focus on local produce (wines and juices) and the presence of Mr Pierre Giresse, professor emeritus of geology at Perpignan University, Via Domitia, who signed his book, “Terres de vins – promenades géologiques en pays catalan”, published by Trabucaire.
As the mayor of Prugnanes put it, we hope that good winds will blow on El Singla and we wish it all the best!
The site in a few figures: It consists of a park of 9 Enercon E70 turbines, with a hub 75 metres high. These turbines have a unit power of 2.3 MW, i.e. a park of 20.7 MW.
9 ENERCON E70 wind turbines
Unit power: 2.3 MW
Total power of the park: 20.7 MW
Annual production: 51,750 MWh/year. The equivalent of the domestic consumption of 45,000 people, excluding heating)
Equivalent avoided CO2 emissions: 26,000 tonnes per year
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