Green jobs boost for rural France

Farmer and sculptor’s idea inspires new energy projects

Hundreds of community-based energy projects are breathing new life into rural communes across France, creating locally-made renewable energy as well as jobs and the satisfaction of investing locally and well.

Whether it is wind turbines, a solar farm, a methanation or hydroelectric plant, the DIY projects are bringing in money, jobs and new residents. They are also helping to slow down depopulation in their areas.

One such project is France’s first 100% community-owned wind farm, at Béganne near Redon in Brittany. Its finance head David Laurent said: “We have created 16 jobs in a fragile economic zone.

“It’ ...

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