Les Crêtes wind farm is located 40 kilometers South-West of Angers in the Les Mauges region of Maine-et-Loire (49) department in France and straddles both the communes of La Tourlandry and Coron. It is sited in open farmland, at about 180m above sea level, which is the second highest area of the department after “La Colline des Gardes”.
The project was developed by Nordex France SA. The application for the building permit was submitted on 12 December 2005 and approved 11 January 2007 by the Prefect of Maine et Loire. Prior to submitting the application, the studies began in 2003 with the installation of a wind met mast, and extensive studies were defined by technical and environmental studies. From birds and bats, to landscape and noise, many respected experts worked on the area.
Construction of the wind farm began early 2008 and commercial operation began on the 31st March 2009.
The 10MW wind farm consists of 4 Nordex N90 LS wind turbines each rated at 2.5MW with a hub height of 80m. The project provides sufficient clean green energy to supply more than 4,000 homes and avoids the emission of around 12,500 tones of greenhouse gases each year. It is connected to the electricity distribution network operated by Electricité Réseau Distribution France at Chemillé.
The wind farm is owned and operated by Parc Eolien des Crêtes SAS which is owned 100% by Falck Renewables Wind. Nordex France SA supplied the turbines and constructed the wind farm under a turnkey contract. The wind farm is being maintained by Nordex under a long term operation and maintenance agreement.