“With the start of construction of these three projects, we are further expanding our presence in Spain’s competitive renewable energy sector and the company is committed to bringing its global expertise and sustainability leadership to the country. This milestone represents the first of a number of new EGP developments that will help to diversify Spain’s energy mix through wind and solar capacity, and will assist the country to reach its renewable targets”
The three projects are expected to enter into operation by the end of 2019. Once fully operational, the wind farms will be able to generate 412 GWh annually, avoiding the emission of over 270,000 tons of CO2into the atmosphere.
EGPE will employ some innovative construction practices and tools on site such as drones for topographical survey, smart tracking of turbine components, advanced digital platforms and software solutions to monitor and remotely support site activities, including plant commissioning. These tools and solutions will allow for quicker, more accurate and reliable data collection on site activities, increasing the overall quality of construction and facilitating communication between on-site and off-site teams.
These projects are part of the overall 540 MW awarded to EGPE following Spain’s renewable tender held in May 2017. The three facilities are part of the 13 wind projects awarded in the tender to be developed in the region of Aragon for an overall capacity of more than 380 MW and a total investment of approximately 434 million euros, which will generate over 1,240 GWh annually. The remaining 160 MW awarded include new wind farms that will be built in the regions of Andalusia, Castile-León, Castile-La Mancha and Galicia for an overall investment of approximately 180 million euros. Together, the 540 MW of wind farms will generate approximately 1,750 GWh annually.
In addition to the 540 MW of wind capacity, EGPE is developing 339 MW of solar capacity that was awarded to the company in Spain’s third tender celebrated in July 2017. The combined wind and solar capacity involves a total investment of more than 800 million euros by 2020. The overall 879 MW of solar and wind projects, once completed, will increase the power of EGPE’s current portfolio by 52.4%.