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The Spanish Wind Energy Pushing Europe Forward

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The Spanish Wind Energy Pushing Europe Forward

On the Iberian Peninsula, wind energy is rapidly growing, with the prospect of reaching more than 20% of the country’s electricity production by 2020. Enel Green Power Spain’s contribution, with over 1,800 MW in operational plants, has identified 29 plants to build the 540 MW of installed capacity reached in the latest wind tender from the Spanish government.

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Almost 20 MW of new installed capacity in 2017. The prospect of going from the current 23 GW to 28 GW in 2020. And a series of records that have led wind energy to become the country’s second largest electricity source in terms of production.

Wind energy in Spain is a success story. We can see this in the numbers – in 2000, 2 GW were installed on the peninsula – and in the growth prospects of an increasingly competitive sector in which Enel Green Power is playing a key role.

According to the association that brings together Spanish companies in the wind industry (Asociación Empresarial Eólica - AEE), by 2030, wind energy will produce more than 30% of the country’s electricity, with an installed capacity of 40 GW.

 

"Currently, Spain can count on 23,121 MW of installed capacity in renewables, which generated 19% of the country’s electricity in 2017."
Juan Virgilio Márquez, General Director of AEE

 

Two years of wind

Today, Enel Green Power Spain’s renewables are able to generate about 4TWh of zero-emission energy each year. And our installed capacity on the Iberian Peninsula is destined to grow rapidly over the next two years, thanks to the development of wind energy, which now represents 8% of all the country’s installed wind capacity

 

"EGP Spain’s 2018 started off with the acquisition of 5 wind farms already in operation and the identification of new projects to construct for a total of 540 MW in wind energy."

 

At the beginning of February, we signed an agreement for the acquisition of 100% of Parques Eolicos Gestinver, S.L., a company that holds five wind farms in the regions of Galicia and Catalonia, for a total capacity of about 132 MW.

After the closing of this operation, our installed capacity from renewable sources in Spain will exceed 1,806 MW, of which 1,749 MW are from wind.

 

"The acquisition of five wind farms consolidates our return to the renewables expansion process in Spain, after the two important tenders won last year."
Antonio Cammisecra, CEO of EGP

 

The worksite of tomorrow

In the next two years, our growth in the Spanish renewables sector will also see the construction of new solar and wind plants with an installed capacity of 879 MW.

In February, we identified 29 wind projects that will allow us to build the 540 MW of wind energy that Endesa won in the second phase of the tender promoted last May by the Spanish Ministry of Energy, Tourism and the Digital Agenda.

The new wind farms, which are scheduled to be built by 2019, will be located in the regions of Aragon, Andalusia, Castile and León, Castilla-La Mancha and Galicia and will be able to produce about 1,750 GWh a year. In addition, solar plants provided for in the same award will be built, for a total of 339 MW.

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