Spanish electric utility company Endesa, through its renewables subsidiary Enel Green Power España (EGPE), has started construction of Los Arcos windfarm in Malaga.
The €35.5m wind facility will be built at a site located between the municipalities of Almargen, Teba and Campillos.
Endesa CEO José Bogas said: “Endesa’s renewable investments are boosting the energy transition in Spain.
“By year-end, over 900MW of new renewable plants are expected to be fully up and running across the country, following Endesa’s awarding in 2017 auctions, a testament to the company’s strong commitment to our common objectives on renewables, as shared with the Government.”
The 34.6MW Los Arcos windfarm is expected to commence operations in the last quarter of 2019.
The windfarm will be equipped with ten wind turbines with a capacity of around 3.5MW each and will have the capacity to generate more than 100GWh of clean energy annually.
Once fully operational, the wind facility is expected to offset approximately 69,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere each year.
It is expected to create employment opportunities for more than 100 people during the construction phase. From September 2019, the company intends to provide training to the local people on operation and maintenance activities of the wind and photovoltaic plants to promote job creation in the region.
The Los Arcos windfarm is part of the 540MW of wind power won by EGPE from the Spanish government during the renewable energy auctions in May 2017.
Other wind facilities will be developed in Aragon, Castile-León, Castile-La Mancha and Galicia regions. Once operational, these wind facilities will have a combined energy generation capacity of around 1,750GWh per year.
During the construction of these facilities, EGPE will use advanced technologies such as drones, smart tracking of turbine components, digital platforms and software solutions to monitor and support the operations and commissioning of the facility remotely.
Additionally, EGPE secured 339MW of solar production capacity at the government’s third auction in July 2017 for Extremadura and Murcia.