Zaragoza at the lead in wind energy generation thanks to Endesa

wind farms in Zaragoza

Endesa, through its renewable energy arm, Enel Green Power España (EGPE), has started construction of four wind farms for a total capacity of around 110 MW in Zaragoza. These facilities will be located in the municipalities of Villamayor de Gállego, Mallén, Fréscano, Luna; Las Pedrosas and Fuendetodos. The total investment in wind farms is around €116 million.

Reducing its carbon footprint

The four facilities are expected to enter into operation towards the end of 2019. Once fully operational, they will be able to generate some 375 GWh per year; while avoiding the annual emission of 247,894 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere:

  1. The 11-turbine Campoliva I plant in Villamayor de Gállego will have a capacity of 36 MW;
  2. Also, the 6-turbine El Campo facility in Mallén y Fréscano will boast a capacity of 20 MW;
  3. The 9-turbine Santo Domingo de Luna, located in Luna and Las Pedrosas, will have a capacity of 30 MW; and
  4. The 7-turbine Loma Gorda, in Fuendetodos, will have capacity of 24 MW.

Consolidation of wind energy in Spain

So far, the company has started construction of 10 wind farms in Spain, all located in Aragón; with a combined capacity of 328 MW and an estimated annual output of around 1,080 GWh, these facilities are expected to prevent the emission of 717,020 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere.

In detail, six of these plants will be in the province of Teruel: Muniesa, Farlán, San Pedro de Alacón, Allueva, Sierra Pelarda, and Sierra Costera I; while four will be in the province of Zaragoza: Campoliva I, El Campo, Santo Domingo de Luna, and Loma Gorda.

Cutting-edge technology

For the construction of these wind farms, EGPE will employ cutting-edge tools and techniques. Some of them include drones for topographic survey, smart tracking of turbine components; advanced digital platforms and software solutions for monitoring and remote support of site activities and plant commissioning.

These tools and solutions will allow quicker, more accurate, and reliable data collection on construction activities. This will enhance overall construction quality and facilitate communication between onsite and offsite teams.

Environmentally and community friendly

Construction of the four facilities will be based on Enel Green Power's "Sustainable Construction Site" model. It will include the installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels at each building site to cover part of their energy needs. Moreover, water-saving measures will be implemented via the installation of water tanks and rainwater collection systems. After the completion of construction works, both the PV panels and water-saving equipment will be donated for public usage to the municipalities where the projects are located.

The 10 wind farms under construction in Teruel and Zaragoza are part of the 540 MW that EGPE was awarded in the renewable energy capacity auctions held by the government in May 2017. In Aragón, the company has earmarked around €434 million of investment for the construction of 12 wind farms with a total capacity exceeding 370 MW, generating some 1,240 GWh per year.

Ambitious future projects

The remaining wind farms will be located in Andalusia, Castilla y León, Castilla La Mancha, and Galicia. Once operational, all of the new wind facilities will generate a total of around 1,750 GWh each year.

In Extremadura and Murcia, EGPE has also started construction on 339 MW of solar capacity awarded to the company in the government's July 2017 tender.

The total investment for the construction of the wind (540 MW) and solar (339 MW) facilities awarded in the two latest tenders will exceed €800 million by 2020. These projects will increase EGPE’s renewable capacity by 52.4 percent.

Endesa currently manages over 6,526 MW of renewable capacity in Spain. Out of this capacity, 4,710 MW come from conventional hydro generation, while the remainder, over 1,816 MW, are managed by EGPE, and include wind (1,750 MW), mini-hydro (52 MW), and other renewable energy sources (14 MW).

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