Alstom has secured the first order for its ECO 110 wind turbine by signing a contract with wind farm developer Eole Generation, wind farm developer and subsidiary of GDF SUEZ, to construct the Landes de Couesmé wind farm near La Gacilly in Brittany, France.

The wind farm will have a total installed capacity of 33 MW, enough to provide clean energy to 22,000 households and avoid the production of 77,000 tonnes (84,878 tons)/year of CO2, thus helping France to meet government targets to install 19 GW of onshore wind and 6 GW of offshore wind by 2020

Today, onshore wind farms in France represent an installed power of 5.7 GW.

The contract signed by Alstom, worth just under 30 million euros, includes the assembly, supply and installation of 11 ECO 110 wind turbines of 3 MW each, plus five years of operation and maintenance.

With its 53-m (174-ft)-long blades, Alstom's ECO 110 wind turbine captures power more efficiently, thus fewer units are needed to generate a given amount of electricity. One unit alone has the capacity to provide enough electricity for 2,000 households and avoid the production of 7,000 tonnes (7,716 tons) of CO2 per year

To date, Alstom Wind has installed or is installing over 2,080 wind turbines in more than 110 wind farms, representing a total capacity of more than 22,680 MW.

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