Enel Green Power España (EGPE), a subsidiary of Spanish energy utility Endesa, has linked its 180MW Tico Wind wind farm in Spain to the country’s energy grid.

Located in Villar de los Navarros in the province of Zaragoza, the Tico Wind project required a €181m ($193m) investment.

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It has the capacity to generate 471GWh of green electricity and displace 192,200 tonnes of carbon emissions a year.

EGPE began construction works at the site in May last year.

EGPE head Rafael González said: “With this project, we are reaffirming our commitment to continue strengthening the renewable generation mix in Spain, which will help comply with the country’s green energy objectives.

“We are also leveraging on the abundance of renewable sources in Spain while actively promoting innovation and sustainability through the adoption of international best practices during the construction phase.”

EGPE has agreed to supply 78.5MW of the power generated by Tico Wind to Novartis under a ten-year pan-European Virtual Power Purchase Agreement (VPPA) signed by the two companies in 2020.

The project will help Novartis offset 96,000t of carbon emissions a year.

Novartis Environmental Sustainability external engagement head James Goudreau said: “The launch of Tico Wind marks an important milestone in our sustainability journey to be carbon neutral across our operations by 2025 and to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2040.

“Energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions are the cornerstones of our strategy for reducing emissions, and we are pleased to have partners such as Enel Green Power on our side.”

EGPE said that around 330 local workers were hired during Tico Wind’s construction phase, with around 30% of the workers being employed from Villar de los Navarros and the surrounding area.

Last month, Enel Green Power signed a grant agreement with the European Commission to build a solar panel gigafactory in Italy.