Wind Energy Booms in Spain

One of the largest electricity suppliers in Spain will install eleven new windfarms, increasing the national wind capacity in that country by 20 percent.

MADRID, Spain, ES, 2001-06-18 [SolarAccess.com] One of the largest electricity suppliers in Spain will install eleven new windfarms, increasing the national wind capacity in that country by 20 percent. IbeRenova, the renewable energy division of Iberdrola SA, has obtained approval to build the new facilities worth 400 million euros. Nine of the windfarms, with total capacity of 382 MW, will be situated in the central province of Guadalajara. The other two will be located in Soria province, with a total capacity of 100 MW. Total generation will exceed 1,000 million kWh. The plants will be commissioned by 2003 and will be an integral part of IbeRenova’s plan to build 70 wind facilities in six central provinces in Castilla-La Mancha and Castilla-León. It also wants to develop windfarms in Aragón, Extremadura, Valencia, Portugal, Central America and Brazil within the next four years, at a total cost of 1.3 billion euros. The utility is expected to group its wind energy and small hydro assets into a new company called ‘All Green’ that will have combined assets of 18 billion paestas. It has also acquired 50 percent of Alternativas Energeticas Solares for 175 million paestas, because that renewable energy company is viewed as a key producer and distributor of solar power. Aesol’s other shareholders include Caja de Ahorros de Navarra and Energia Hidroelectrica de Navarra. Iberdrola has 13 million customers in Spain and Latin America.
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