News | February 10, 2020

Iberdrola Will Promote Its Next Wind Farm In Spain With The Most Powerful Land Wind Turbine

  • Advances in its renewable strategy in Spain, where it plans to install 3,000 MW renewable until 2022, incorporating cutting-edge technology to provide more competitiveness and sustainability to its projects
  • In Castilla y León it operates more than 5,100 MW, processes more than 400 MW of wind and photovoltaic energy and has access to the network for another 500 MW renewable

Iberdrola will build its next wind farm in Spain, the Herrera Complex, with the most powerful land wind turbine, after the award to Siemens Gamesa of the first SG 4.5-145 wind turbines, with 4.5 MW of unit power; almost seven times higher than the first wind turbines installed in Spain more than two decades ago. In this way, the company continues to advance its commitment to clean energy in Spain, incorporating cutting-edge technologies to provide more competitiveness and sustainability to its renewable projects.

The Herrera Complex, which will be built in the province of Burgos, is made up of three wind farms - La Huesa, Valdesantos and Orbaneja - and will have 63 megawatts (MW) of installed capacity, distributed among a total of 14 wind turbines. The forecasts indicate that the project will be operational this year.

The Orbaneja and La Huesa parks will be located in the municipalities of Isar, Las Quintanillas, Rabé de las Calzadas and Estepar: the first one 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 18 MW. Valdesantos will rise in Estepar and will have three machines with a total installed capacity of 13.5 MW.

Iberdrola will also build in its vicinity, the Fuenteblanca wind farm, with 10 MW of installed capacity, which will be integrated by 3 SG 3.4-132 wind turbines, until completing a 73 MW wind farm.

Competitiveness, Sustainability And Quality Employment
The SG 4.5-145 wind turbine, with a new blade of 71 meters and a diameter of 145 m. -Three times greater than that of the first wind turbines- doubles, for example, the height of the Cathedral of Burgos.

It also incorporates new technology, which maximizes energy production and, with it, the competitiveness of the installation and is a reference solution for medium wind sites.

Ambitious Renewable Plan In Spain
With the Herrera wind complex, Iberdrola advances in its renewable investment plan in Spain, where the company plans to install 3,000 new MW of wind and photovoltaic. Until 2030, the company's forecasts point to the installation of 10,000 new MW. These actions will allow job creation for 20,000 people.

At present, and with these processes underway, the projects under construction or in process -eolian and photovoltaic- of Iberdrola in Spain rise to more than 4,000 MW in regions such as Extremadura, Castilla-La Mancha, Castilla y León, Navarra, Aragon, Murcia, Cantabria and Andalusia.

In Spain, Iberdrola, the first wind promoter - with an installed capacity of more than 5,800 MW - and leader in renewable energy, with more than 16,000 MW installed; a volume that in the world rises to more than 30,300 MW and makes its generation park one of the cleanest in the energy sector.

Iberdrola's commitment to a decarbonised economic model has led it to commit investments of 10,000 million euros each year in the world, after having allocated almost 100,000 million to these areas since 2001. Of these, 25,000 million have been invested in Spain.

Bet On Castilla y León
It also reinforces its commitment to Castilla y León and its leadership in renewable energies in the region, where it already operates more than 5,100 MW - 1,500 MW of which are wind energy -, placing it as the Autonomous Community with more 'green' megawatts installed by the company.

Together with Herrera, Iberdrola promotes the Buniel (Burgos) wind farm, in collaboration with Caja Rural de Soria, and the Valdemoro park, with a total of 164 MW, which make it one of the largest in Castilla y León and has just put into operation the BaCa wind farm (Ballestas and Casetona), 69.3 MW.

In addition, the company has initiated the procedures for the development of its first 350 MW of photovoltaic energy in the region, which it will develop in Ciudad Rodrigo (300 MW) and Villarino (50 MW), in the province of Salamanca. Together with these initiatives, Iberdrola has gained access to the network for the installation of 500 MW more of renewable power, which will be completed in a large wind farm of 300 MW and a 200 MW photovoltaic installation.

Source: Iberdrola