Partners for more than 6 years, EDP Renewables (EDPR) and WattElse are proud to contribute together to the energy transition through the promotion of local energy production and the reduction of CO2 emissions thanks to renewable energies.
On March 14, WattElse supported EDPR in the organization of the first information meeting (RIP) relating to a preliminary wind project in the municipality of Ohey.
The purpose of this meeting was to present to the population a project to install 6 wind turbines between the villages of Matagne, Jallet and Evelette, in the province of Namur. This event also marked the official launch of the permit application procedure.
EDPR in Belgium
Present for 15 years in Belgium, EDPR operates 81 MW in Wallonia, supplying more than 125,000 people with electricity annually and preventing the emission of 90,000 tonnes of CO2.
For several years, EDPR has been working with WattElse as a local partner in the development of several wind farms in Belgium, relying in particular on its technical and regulatory expertise.
A major player in the production of renewable electricity present in 28 countries, EDP Renewables is the world’s 4th largest wind and solar producer with an installed capacity of 14 GW.
The Ohey Project
The 6 wind turbines envisaged will total a maximum power of 36 MW. The machines will rise to a maximum of 200 m at the end of the blades and will produce the equivalent of the electricity consumption of 22,000 Walloon households (Source: CREG data).
In terms of timing, the RIP marks the launch of the environmental impact study to be carried out by the Sertius design office. The permit application should be submitted by the end of 2024.
The role of WattElse
The multidisciplinary WattElse team is involved at several levels throughout this project:
- meeting and signing contracts with the owners and operators of the area concerned;
- installation of a measuring mast and determination of the wind potential of the area;
- supervision of the implementation of the impact study;
- filing of the permit and legal follow-up of the file with the administrations;
- site monitoring and commissioning of the wind farm.
Alongside the technical and legal aspects, WattElse experts also support EDPR with regards to communication.