French plan for wind farm off Jersey wins approval

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PLANS to build a French wind farm 23 miles off Jersey's south coast have taken a major step forward after an independent commission gave the proposals their approval.

The commission – consisting of five officials appointed by the administrative court of Rennes – have spent months considering submissions from relevant parties. They have made nine recommendations to Ailes Marines – the company behind the plans – but found no major concerns with the project.

The prefecture of the Côte d'Amour in Brittany is currently considering the company's planning application and if approval is given construction of the 62-turbine facility could start at the end of next year, with electricity being generated from 2020.

Two LiDARs, which are used to measure wind speed and direction, have already been placed on the site of the proposed facility using Ports of Jersey's tugboat, Duke of Normandy.

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