Opale Énergies Naturelles

Opale Énergies Naturelles exclusively develops Velocita’s portfolio in France.

The Opale team has specialised in the development of wind energy projects since 2008 although the experience of it key managers pre-dates this. It employs 15 people on two sites in France, including 7 project managers from different backgrounds with varied and complementary skill sets. The team includes highly trained engineers, economists, lawyers, landscapers and town planners; all are involved across the board on each project.

The management team is one of the most experienced in the French onshore market and consists of four people who have each worked in wind energy for over ten years. They have between them successfully won over 500 MW of building permits in France (with a 90% success rate on a MW basis), of which over 350 MW has been built, and over 400 MW of ZDEs obtained.

Opale employs best practice techniques in development; it’s staff are intimately familiar with the legal and regulatory framework of the French wind market and have been pioneers in the geographical areas in which they operate and where they are fully integrated in the administrative customs, politics and communities.

Opale and Velocita offer to their stakeholders expertise in wind energy project development and consulting across all stages of development, from ZDE feasibility studies to building permits and ICPE submissions. Opale’s activities include: assisting local authorities in the preparation of ZDE files, signing of land lease agreements, carrying out technical, environmental and landscape studies, and preparing the full set of administrative files necessary for the consenting of wind energy projects.