Nordex Group has improved its position in the growing French wind-power market. With an output of around 155 MW of newly installed turbines, Nordex has increased its market share from 9% in 2014 to 14% in 2015.
Overall in 2015, the new wind capacity in the onshore sector in France increased to 1,073 MW. This means that the country has continued to maintain its position as one of the top markets for wind energy in Europe.
Most of Nordex’ recent developments in France are based on the N100/2500, with 60 units in 2015. Due to a high order intake rate within the past months, Nordex expects good business in 2016 as well.
The last project sold was an order for six N100/2500 for the Tenbonrev project in the Champagne region. Nordex will deliver these turbines in September of this year.
Currently, the N117/2400 and N131/3000 are generating growing interest in the French market. With most of the new sites in France being light-wind areas, these turbine models should be used in the majority of the company’s future projects.
One of these projects is the Morlange Wind Farm. For this wind farm located near the border to Luxembourg, Nordex will deliver four N117/2400s within this year. For Morlange, the company functions as manufacturer and developer.
The wind farm is one of five recent projects generated via the “Nordex Development” distribution channel, a division focused on the development of wind farms with local partners. The company has been implementing projects developed in-house there in successful partnerships since the early 2000s.
As the French government last year specified its targets for increasing the use of renewable energy, following the growth in 2015 this year too, the market offers plenty of potential for the wind sector. For example, the government has simplified administrative procedures to support the increase of the share of renewables in energy consumption to 23% by 2020 and 32% by 2030.
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