French newspaper Le Monde
reports Czech company CEZ began work on the Fantanele wind farm in November 2008. The first turbine, of a projected 139 in Fantanele, was linked to the Romanian national grid by the company Transelectrica in June 2010. For the locals, the wind farm has been a substantial windfall - farmers who have allowed CEZ to use their land receive up to 3,000 euros a year. About a hundred local workers have found a job on the project, and local infrastructure – roads and bridges – have been improved to facilitate the installation of the turbines.
The second stage of the project, due for completion in 2011, will see the installation of a further 101 wind turbines in neighbouring Cogealac. Together the 240 turbines will have a power of 600 megawatts, the equivalent of the nuclear reactor at Cernavoda, in the south-east of Romania. The total investment by the CEZ Group
will reach 1.1. billion euros. Once completed, the Fantanele and Cogealac wind farm will be the largest land-based wind farm in Europe.
Romania aims to produce 20 percent of its energy from renewable resources by 2020, in line with European Union objectives, according to Le Monde.