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Iberdrola to build its next wind farm in Spain

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Iberdrola is moving forward with its renewable strategy in Spain, where it plans to install 3000 renewable MW by 2022.

In Castilla y León, Spain, Iberdrola operates over 5100 MW, has more than 400 MW of wind and photovoltaic energy in the pipeline and has access to the grid for another 500 renewable MW.

The company will build its next wind farm in Spain, the Herrera Complex, after awarding Siemens Gamesa the contract to supply the first SG 4.5-145 wind turbines with a 4.5 MW power unit. The SG 4.5-145 wind turbine has a new 71 m blade and a diameter of 145 m. This is almost seven times more powerful than the first wind turbines installed in Spain more than two decades ago.

The Herrera Complex, which will be built in Burgos province, is made up of three wind farms – La Huesa, Valdesantos and Orbaneja – and will have an installed capacity of 63 MW, distributed between a total of 14 wind turbines. Forecasts indicate that the project will be operational in 2020.

The Orbaneja and La Huesa wind farms will be located in the municipalities of Isar, Las Quintanillas, Rabé de las Calzadas and Estepar. The first will consist of seven wind turbines, up to a total of 31.5 MW of installed power, while the second will have four turbines that will add a further 18 MW. Valdesantos will be built in Estepar and will have three machines with a total installed capacity of 13.5 MW.

Iberdrola will also build the 10 MW-capacity Fuenteblanca wind farm in its vicinity, which will consist of 3 SG 3.4-132 wind turbines, to complete a 73 MW wind farm complex.

The company is also reinforcing its commitment to Castilla y León and its leadership in renewable energies in the region, where it already operates 5100 MW, with 1500 MW of this coming from wind.

Along with Herrera, Iberdrola is building the Buniel (Burgos) wind farm complex, in collaboration with Caja Rural de Soria, and the Valdemoro Park, with a total of 164 MW. In addition, the Ballestas and Casetona (BaCa) wind farm has just been put into operation with a capacity of 69.3 MW.

Besides this, the company has just started processing the formalities for its first two photovoltaic projects in the area, which will be located in Ciudad Rodrigo (300 MW) and in Villarino (50 MW) in the province of Salamanca. As well as these initiatives, Iberdrola has also secured grid access for a further 500 MW renewable power capacity, consisting of a 300 MW wind farm and a 200 MW photovoltaic plant.

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