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Siemens Gamesa and Greenalia, an independent power producer, will install three wind farms in A Coruna province, northwest Spain. The total capacity is 110MW. These wind farms will feature 22 SG 5.0-145 turbines. This is one of the most powerful models in the company and is well suited to sites with moderate wind speeds.
The three wind farms, Campelo Bustelo, Monte Toural, are located in Santa Comba, and Coristanco in Carballo. They are expected to be operational by the end 2023. Greenalia has also agreed to maintain the turbines for 25 years.
These contracts are similar to those that were signed between the companies last year for other wind farms in A Coruna: Alto da Croa II, Alto da Croa II, and Monte Tourado. They have a combined capacity of 30 MW, and come with a 15-year service contract.
“This agreement for three parks strengthens our relationship with Greenalia. I am confident that this partnership will continue to grow in the years ahead. It is also great news as it will allow us to expand our presence in Spain, which is a key market for Siemens Gamesa and holds great potential. Paulo Soares CEO of Siemens Gamesa’s Latin American, African, and Southern European operations said that they are ready to support the country in its growth in renewables as well as its energy transition path.
“The development of wind farms in Spain is a new example of how Greenalia intends to participate in the decarbonization process and the energy transition in Spain”. Maria Moreno (CEO of Greenalia Power Spain) stated that these projects also support the green economy and local employment as well as the development of rural areas.
These wind farms will generate energy which will reduce the annual emission of nearly 300,000 tonnes CO2 per year. This is equivalent to 170,000 cars. This CO2 reduction would require the planting of 4.6 million trees. The three wind farms will also provide enough electricity for close to 90,000. This is about a quarter the population of A Coruna.
Siemens Gamesa currently owns around 15 GW installed wind energy in Spain. This represents 53% of total capacity in Spain according to the Spanish Wind Energy Association (AEE). It is 28.1 GW as of 2021, according the AEE.
Spain has one of the highest expected rates of renewable energy growth. The government has set a 2030 goal to reach 42% of the final energy use from renewables. This is up from 20% in 2020. By 2050, the share of renewable energy will be 74% and 100%, respectively. The government has plans to create new auctions for renewable energy in Spain in order to meet the growth in renewables. An estimated allocation of 20GW will be available by 2025. Half of this will come from wind energy.