Paradela wind farm to prevent the annual emission of 28,000 tons of CO2

Paradela wind farm

Endesa, through its renewable energy division Enel Green Power España (EGPE), has started construction on a new 12 MW wind farm in Paradela. The project is being developed in the province of Lugo, in Galicia. The investment in this facility amounts to over €15 million.

“This new wind farm is part of the significant investment in renewable energies that Endesa is making to spearhead the energy transition in Spain', said José Bogas, Endesa's CEO. 'By year end, around 900 MW of renewable energy, awarded to the company in auctions in 2017, will be in operation; this is evidence of the company's commitment to ensuring that Spain attains its green energy goals.”

Lowering emissions thanks to the Paradela wind farm

The Paradela wind farm is expected to enter into service by the end of 2019. Once fully operational, the facility will be able to generate over 42 GWh per year. This way it will avoid the annual emission of approximately 28,000 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere. Paradela will consist of six wind turbines with a capacity of 2 MW each.

With Paradela, EGPE is currently building three projects in Galicia, all in the province of Lugo. The two other facilities under construction are the 42 MW Serra das Penas wind farm and the 8 MW Pena Ventosa wind farm in O Vicedo. These projects involve a combined investment of more than 57 million euros. The overall capacity currently under construction in Galicia amounts to 62 MW and an investment of around over €72 million.

High-end technology

Similarly, EGPE will use innovative tools and techniques to build the wind farm. Some of these include construction machinery equipped with active safety systems that warn operators to prevent collisions. It also uses drones for topographic surveying, smart tracking of turbine components; advanced digital platforms and software solutions to monitoring and remotely support site activities as well as plant commissioning.

These processes and tools will enable swifter, more accurate and reliable data collection. This improves the quality of construction and facilitating communication between on-site and off-site teams.

On the other hand, construction of the facility will be based on Enel Green Power's 'Sustainable Construction Site' model, including the installation of solar photovoltaic panels at the construction site to meet part of its energy needs.

Water-saving measures will also be implemented through the installation of water tanks and rainwater collection systems. After construction is completed, both the photovoltaic panels and the water-saving equipment will be donated to the towns where the project is located for public use.

The Paradela wind farm and its positive social impact

In addition to the benefits of the renewable energy produced and the jobs created, the Paradela wind farm has a clear social orientation. In view of this, Endesa has awarded the municipality of Paradela with a 10% stake in the project vehicle company.

The municipality will also benefit from another improvement that will favor tourism and is related to the Serra das Penas wind farm. A hiking trail has been created beside the Belesar reservoir, which will begin near the Ruxidoira-Loio nature area and end in the square in Aldosende, running 16 km along the banks of the Miño River.

Wind power growth program

The three wind farms under construction in Galicia form part of the 540 MW awarded to EGPE in the renewable energy auctions organised by the government in May 2017. The other wind farms will be located in Aragon, Andalusia, Castile-León and Castile-La Mancha. Once operational, the new facilities will generate a total of around 1,750 GWh a year. EGPE was also awarded 339 MW of solar production capacity at the government's third auction in July 2017 for Extremadura and Murcia.

This construction of the wind (540 MW) and solar (339 MW) facilities will entail an investment of over €800 million until 2020. This 879 MW capacity will increase Endesa's current renewable energy capacity by 52.4%.

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See also: Endesa changing the face of the planet with its “Plásticos Zero” program

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