Enel Green Power Starts Construction on the Paradela Wind Farm in Spain

Published on Tuesday, 28 May 2019

“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%.