66 MWe with a permit free from any objections

Artigues and d’Ollières - 83 - France

Artigues and d’Ollières – 83

Twenty two 2-MW wind turbines
Total capacity: 44 MW
Project in pre-construction phase

ECO DELTA | Développement et exploitation de projets de production d'électricité à base d'énergies renouvelables -39

Criteria for choosing the site:
• extensive plot, far from housing,
• Abundant natural resources,
• Under-used high voltage power line close by,
• Energy provision in an area that is highly deficient in electricity production
• Direct connection to the RTE network passing over the site
Innovative project enabling a direct connection to the high voltage power line through a private substation (Eco Delta patent).

This unique project combines three sources of renewable energy (hydraulic, solar and wind); it is an important element of the FLEXGRID project (see details), which has largely contributed to the decision by the French Ministry of the Environment to retain the the PACA region project.

Flexigrid combined project

In partnership with Aloe Energy, ECO Delta has developed a project comprising various elements: solar energy, wind energy, storage and an electrical substation.

  • The first hybrid project in France innovating across 2 themes:
    > Hybridisation with a combination of wind and solar energy on the same site
    > A single-point connection, which is then connected to a high voltage power line by directly tapping into this (Poste source EDD ® patent)
    The project consists of building a 44 MW wind farm, two solar farms with a total capacity of 24 MW, a storage unit and an electricity production injector to tap directly into the 225 kV RTE line , through a private 20/225 substation.
    A production forecast module and a command control system will also be connected to these installations, offering a complete system service to the network operator.

Criteria for choosing the site:
• Abundant natural resources.
• Distance from residential areas.
• Satisfactory impact and environmental studies.
• Multi-energy concentration without distribution across the regional territory.
• Direct connection to the RTE network passing over the site.
• Energy provision for an area that is energy-deficient.

This project comprises significant and measurable regional benefits:
• 56.4% of regional electricity consumption is currently imported.
• The project will represent 1.8% of the regional electricity production.
• The Boutre-Coudon high voltage power line to which the projects are connected provides energy to the Nice region, which is clearly energy-deficient.
• The energy released through the Boutre-Coudon line comes from hydroelectric stations in the Alps and adds a source of mixed-production renewable energy, enabling an optimisation of water management (Vallée de la Durance area and Sainte-Croix and Serre-Ponçon dams in particular).
• Added to this are the storage and forecasting elements, which will be capable of optimising the integration of renewable energy into the electricity grid through a reduction in energy intermittency.