Wind energy in the Canary Islands: Iberdrola Chimiche II wind farm inaugurated.
President Clavijo highlights the results of the joint project of Iberdrola and Canarian investors to raise the profile of renewable energies in the Canarian energy mix, which has gone from 8% to 20% in just three years.
The president of the Canary Islands, Fernando Clavijo opened Chimiche II wind farm, located in the southern region of the island of Tenerife and will have a capacity of 18,375 MW with which throughout its useful life can reduce the extra cost of generation in the electricity systems of the non-peninsular territories in 99 million.
The wind power generated by the wind turbines of the Chimiche II wind farm will mean an annual reduction of 34,453 metric tons of CO2 to the atmosphere in the thermal generation power plants in the Archipelago. The investment of the aforementioned wind farms and their evacuation infrastructures has exceeded twenty million euros with works that have generated some 200 jobs during the construction phase and another 36 jobs in the maintenance and operation phases.
“Realized projects like this wind farm recognize the Canary Islands’ commitment to a future that is already present in the field of clean energies, resources that make us better as a territory and as a society,” said Fernando Clavijo, noting that in the legislature initiated in 2015, it has been possible to redirect the energy policy “overcoming ten previous years with renewable energy drought” with the achievement of two calls in the Islands. “This work has been crucial in the process of renewables because, if we have advanced so much in these three and a half years, it has been thanks to the effort and the concerted commitment where all the agents involved have played an indispensable role,” said the president of Canarias during an event that the Government of the Canary Islands also attended the Minister of Economy, Industry, Trade and Knowledge, Pedro Ortega, and which also involved the president of the Island Council of Tenerife, Carlos Alonso; the mayor of Granadilla de Abona, José Domingo Regalado; the CEO of Iberdrola Spain, Ángeles Santamaría; and the president of Inversiones Financieras Isla de Tenerife and of Energías Ecológicas de Tenerife, Juan Luis Lorenzo.
President Mr. Fernando Clavijo Batlle at the inauguration of the Chimiche wind farm on March 1, 2019. (Photo: Arturo Rodriguez / Presidencia GobCan)
Located next to the southern motorway of Tenerife, the Chimiche II wind farm is made up of seven Siemens Gamesa wind turbines of 80 meters high capable of producing 18.4 megawatts of power, which means that their production will supply 15,000 homes. The company that has built this Chimiche II wind farm from an investment of close to 20 million is Energías Ecológicas de Tenerife SA, made up of 50% by Iberdrola Renovables Canarias SA and Inversiones Financieras Isla de Tenerife SL, with more than 600 shareholdings Canarian companies and families.
The history of the Chimiche II wind farm was born in 2002 in the Canarian Confederation of Business Associations, where a large part of its partners then made a firm commitment to business diversification around renewable energy and sustainability. Projects were submitted to the two contests held in 2004 and 2007 in practically all the islands, achieving wind farms in Tenerife and Fuerteventura integrated into the Canarian quota, although project 2 of Tenerife and the project of Fuerteventura will be made in the next auctions. Canary companies and families joined Iberdrola Renovables Canarias SA in 2007 and together they have managed to make viable a long-awaited project.
In his speech, the President of the Canary Islands stressed the importance of actions such as the creation of the Chimiche II wind farm and the achievement of a challenge for the Canarian partners and for a multinational company of the size of Iberdrola. All an example of success, said Fernando Clavijo, in what has to do with how to face and realize a project of the scope and importance of Chimiche II. For Iberdrola, in addition, the new wind farm represents its first project in the field of wind energy in the Canary Islands. This initiative connects with the essential lines that the Government of the Canary Islands has been developing since 2015 to promote the installation of means of harnessing renewable energies.