In Spain, Enel Green Power’s wind is blowing strong. With the sustainable energy of its plants, it is guiding the country’s energy transition.
In the province of Lugo, in the Galicia region, Enel Green Power has started construction on the 12 MW Paradela wind farm.
The new plant will be operational by the end of 2019 and, once it is, will be able to generate over 42 GWh a year by using 6 wind turbines with 2 MW each. It will help avoid the emission of about 28,000 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere a year.
Paradela is one of three wind farms we are building in Galicia, all in the province of Lugo, and its construction will require a total investment of 15 million euro.
The other plants under construction, involving an investment of 53 million euro, are Serra das Penas with 42 MW, also located in the town of Paradela, and Pena Ventosa with 8 MW in the municipality of O Vicedo.
With the start of construction at Paradela, the total capacity currently under construction in Galicia comes to 62 MW, thanks to a total investment of roughly 68 million euro.
“The new Paradela wind farm is part of the significant investment in renewable energy Enel Green Power is making in Spain. By the end of the year, about 900 MW of renewable energy, which we were awarded in 2017 tenders, will be operational. This is proof of the commitment EGP is showing to help the country reach its sustainability goals.”
– José Bogas, CEO of Endesa
In the construction of the Paradela plant, EGP will use a variety of innovative tools and methods, including drones for topographic survey, smart tracking of wind turbine parts, as well as advanced digital platforms and software solutions to remotely monitor and support construction activities and plant commissioning. These processes and tools will allow for a faster, more precise and reliable collection of data, improving construction quality and facilitating communication between teams on and off the worksite.
Following the "Sustainable Worksite" model, which involves the installation of solar photovoltaic panels at each worksite to meet a part of their energy needs and the adoption of water saving measures, we will install water tanks and rainwater collection systems. Once construction is complete, the solar panels and water saving equipment will be donated to the communities near the plant.
And our commitment to the region isn’t limited to the production of sustainable energy.
In line with our Creating shared value model, we started an open dialogue with communities and local institutions, assigning the town of Paradela a 10% stake in the project’s special purpose entity. We are also creating a hiking trail around the Belesar basin to give sustainable tourism to the region a boost.
It’s a 16-km path along the banks of the Miño River, starting in the natural area of Ruxidoira-Loio and ending in Aldosende, connecting the Paradela site with the Serra das Penas wind farm.
Sun and Wind. Spain’s Green Energy
The three wind farms under construction in Galicia are part of the 540 MW assigned to EGP in renewable energy tenders organized by the Government in May 2017.
The other wind farms will be located in Aragon, Andalusia, Castile and León and Castile-La Mancha and, once operational, will be able to generate about 1,750 GWh a year.
In the third Government tender, held in July 2017, Enel Green Power also received 339 MW in solar energy for the construction of photovoltaic plants in Estremadura and Murcia.
These 879 MW in wind and solar energy will require a total investment of more than 800 million euro by 2020 and will increase Enel Green Power’s current capacity in Spain by 52.4%.