FCC secures first wind energy plant approval in UK

FCC has been looking at additional ways it can use its landholding to help generate renewable energy in the UK. Developing wind turbines on suitable operational or closed landfill sites was identified as the next logical step, and it has now submitted three wind farm planning applications, with another three wind farm plants due to be submitted in the next couple of months.

FCC operates 14 wind farms in Spain with 420 MW of installed capacity, plus 150 MW of capacity under development, including two 10 MW photovoltaic solar power plants in operation and two concentrating solar power (CSP) plants under construction with a capacity of 100 MW.

The Carnaby Wind Farm will see the development of two turbines, each capable of generating up to 3MW of renewable electricity.

FCC and Japanese company Mitsui, partners in the Gúzman solar thermal power plant project, have closed funding for the project with a 226 million euro loan. Japanese bank Mizuho and Spain’s BBVA have granted project finance (i.e. non-recourse) for the plant, which will cost 272 million euro.