Enel commences construction on 90MW wind farms in Spain

WCN Editorial Team 21 Jan 2019 EUROPE ENERGY & UTILITIES

Enel Green Power España (EGPE), a renewable energy unit of Endesa’s renewable energy unit, has begun construction on three wind farms for an overall capacity of 90MW in the Spanish municipalities of Allueva, Fonfría, Mezquita de Jarque, Fuentes Calientes, Cañada Vellida and Rillo in the province of Teruel, Aragon.

The total investment in the three facilities is around €88m.

Endesa CEO José Bogas said: “We are glad to announce the start of construction of these new wind projects, Allueva, Sierra Pelarda and Sierra Costera I, which bring the total renewable capacity we are building in Spain to around 900 MW.

“These plants mark the acceleration on a new wave of growth in the renewable energy space that Endesa is committed to pursue in the next years, driving the energy transition in Spain.”

Slated to enter into operation by the end of 2019, the three wind farms are expected to generate more than 295GWh per year, while avoiding annual emission of around 196,000 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere.

The seven-turbine Allueva plant is expected to generate more than 25MW and the four-turbine Sierra Pelarda wind farm, situated in Fonfría, around 15MW.

The 14-turbine Sierra Costera I, which will have a capacity of 50MW, will be spread across the municipalities of Mezquita de Jarque, Fuentes Calientes, Cañada Vellida and Rillo.

Currently, EGPE has six wind farms under construction, including the three facilities, in the Teruel province. The other three facilities in Muniesa, Farlán and San Pedro de Alacón are due to enter into operation by the end of 2019.

The six wind farms will have an installed capacity of 218MW and will generate 708GWh per year, avoiding annual emission of 470,000 tonnes of CO2.

During the construction, EGPE will use innovative tools and methods, such as drones for topographic survey, smart tracking of wind turbine components, advanced digital platforms and software solutions to monitor and remotely support site activities and plant commissioning.

The six wind farms are part of the 540MW that EGPE secured in the Spanish government’s renewable energy tender held in May 2017.

Enel Green Power (EGP) head Antonio Cammisecra said: “Through the construction of these projects, we reaffirm our commitment to leverage on Enel’s sustainable and innovative approach, benefitting the province of Teruel and Spain as a whole.”

EGP is the Enel Group’s global renewable energy business line.

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Image: Enel commences construction on 90MW wind farms in Spain. Photo: Courtesy of JOHANNA MONTOYA on Unsplash.

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