Bioenergy, Geothermal, Hydropower, Project Development, Solar, Wind Power

Eufer Begins Two Wind Farms of 77 MW in Spain

Enel Union Fenosa Renovables (Eufer) has started construction of two wind plants in Galicia (northwestern Spain) with an installed capacity of 77 megawatts (MW) scheduled to be operational by the end of the year.

The total annual generation capacity of the installation, once complete, will be 201.6 gigawatt-hours (GWh), largely due to the region’s suitability for generating electricity from the wind. The Casa wind farm, in the province of Lugo, with a total installed capacity of 30 MW, will be composed of 13 Siemens wind turbines of 2.3 MW each. This is the first time that a wind power project in Spain will operate with turbines with an output of more than 2 MW. The Coto de Codesas wind plant, in the province of La Coruna, will have 20 wind turbines with a capacity of 0.85 MW each installed in the first phase. Construction of 17 MW is due to be completed by the end of the year, to be followed by the second phase, which will involve the installation of a maximum of 35 turbines, bringing the total potential capacity of the plant to 47 MW. These two projects are part of the broader 28 MW from hydroelectric power and about 100 MW from wind farms that Eufer is planning to roll out this year in Galicia. During 2007, the renewable energy company plans to achieve at least 300 MW of renewable energy, which would bring a 30% increase over the total capacity produced in 2006. Enel, with 19,000 MW of its total 53,000 MW of installed capacity from renewable energy sources such as hydropower, geothermal, wind, solar and biomass, launched a five-year plan (2007-2011) for the development of renewable energy sources and for research and development of new environmentally friendly technologies with an overall investment of Euro 4.1 billion [US$5.4 billion].