Endesa continues its efforts to strengthen the use of renewable energies and contribute to decarbonizing electricity generation. Through its renewable energy division Enel Green Power Spain, the firm began building three new wind farms in the province of Teruel.
In a statement, Endesa informed that these three wind farms involved in the plan are the Allueva, Sierra Pelarda, and Sierra Costera I. These facilities are set to begin operations in late 2019 and are expected to generate 295 GWh a year. Its commissioning will prevent the emission of around 196,000 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere.
The Allueva plant has an expected capacity of more than 25 MW and 7 turbines. For its part, the Sierra Pelarda wind farm, located in Fonfría, will have 4 wind turbines and a capacity of 15 MW.
The largest facility will be the Sierra Costera I. This complex, located in an area shared by the municipalities of Jarque, Fuentes Calientes, Cañada Vellida, and Rillo; and will have a capacity of 50 MW and 14 turbines.
With these three facilities, the company has six wind farms under development
So far, the company has six wind farms under construction in the province of Teruel. In addition to the three recently announced, it will also operate the Muniesa, Farlán, and San Pedro de Alacón facilities, all expected to be commissioned in late 2019.
These six wind farms have a total capacity of approximately 218 MW and an estimated annual output of 708 GWh a year. Overall, they will prevent the emission of nearly 470,000 tons of CO2 a year.
Aiming to reach 900 MW
“We are glad to announce the start of construction of these new wind projects,” said José Bogas, CEO of Endesa; adding that their commissioning will “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,” Bogas added.
“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,” said Antonio Cammisecra, Head of Enel Green Power. “With our relentless work aimed at boosting our installed wind and solar capacity we are concretely diversifying the Spanish energy mix and helping the country towards its renewable energy targets,” he continued
Innovation in design
Enel Green Power is set to implement a number of diverse tools and innovative methods during the construction of these wind farms. One of the flashier ones includes the use of drones for topographic surveys. Other relevant techniques are smart tracking of wind turbine components, advanced digital platforms, and software solutions that help monitor and offer remote support for the plant’s operations and commissioning.
These tools and solutions will enable faster, more precise, and reliable data gathering, increasing the overall quality of the construction. Additionally, it facilitates communication between the on-site and off-site teams.
The construction of these three wind farms will be based on Enel Green Power’s “Sustainable Construction Site” model, including the installation of photovoltaic solar panels at each construction site to meet part of their energy needs.
Moreover, water saving measures will be implemented through the installation of water tanks and rainwater collection systems.
Once construction works are completed, both the PV panels and the water saving equipment will be donated to the municipalities where the projects are located for public use.
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