Iberdrola starts up its wind energy plants in Asturias

It starts up 3 wind farms and advances in a fourth installation, until completing 130 MW of renewable power, which will generate wind energy to supply 100,000 homes. Almost all of the work in the field and civil works and the wind turbine towers have been carried out by Asturian companies, with the involvement of more than 1,000 professionals.

Iberdrola has started the start-up of three of the four wind farms -Cordel-Vidural, Capiechamartín and Panondres- that it has planned in Asturias. The company is working on the construction of the fourth, Verdigueiro, after obtaining administrative authorization, with which it will add an installed capacity of 130 MW of wind power, with which it will triple its renewable capacity in Asturias.

The wind farms are made up of SG114 wind turbines, with a unit power of 2.62 MW: Cordel-Vidural (37 MW) is located between the municipalities of Navia, Valdés and Villayón; Capiechamartín (34 MW) is located between Tineo and Valdés and Panondres (21 MW) between Villayón and Valdés. Verdigueiro (36 MW) for its part rises between Tineo and Villayón.

Almost all of the field work and civil works have been carried out by Asturian companies, such as Hormavasa and Horvalsa, Canteras Rencanos, Deymet, Excade, Posada, Méndez y Mota, Gruas Roxu and Taxus, The promotion has been developed by ERPASA and the Manufacture of the wind turbine towers has been carried out at the Windar facilities, in Avilés.

The construction of all these projects – with an investment of 100 million euros – is contributing to the revitalization of the industrial fabric and local employment, with the involvement of up to 1,000 professionals.

In operation, the wind farms will generate energy to supply more than 100,000 homes and will avoid the emission into the atmosphere of 65,500 t CO2 / year.

Historic engineering work

The execution of these parks has been one of the most complex wind infrastructure works in Spain. The materials -towers, nacelles and shovels, among others- have been transported by narrow roads with a single access and with numerous slopes and curves of up to almost 180º. This activity has required exhaustive planning External link, opens in new window. to avoid conditioning the planned works and make possible the arrival of up to 200 daily transports with different materials.

At an altitude of 800 meters, and in an area with constant meteorological changes that have made work difficult, large wind turbines have been erected: blades 56 m long, nacelles weighing 126 tons and towers between 80 and 93 meters high. height.

Green investments to promote economic recovery and employment

Iberdrola has defined the axes of its contribution to socioeconomic development around the energy transition in four areas of action in Asturias: more investment in renewables; support for local employment, through the generation of opportunities and contracts for the local industry; training young people in sectors of the future and the development of new innovation projects, such as the creation of a Citizen Innovation Platform.

Iberdrola is convinced that the energy transition can act as a key driving agent in the transformation of the industrial fabric and in the green recovery of the economy and employment. To this end, the company has launched a historic investment plan of 75,000 million euros for the period 2020-2025, with the aim of doubling its renewable capacity and taking advantage of the opportunities of the energy revolution facing the main economies of the world.

Investments in Spain for the period amount to about 14,300 million euros and half -more than 7,000 million euros- will go to the development of new renewable projects, while more than 4,500 million will go to strengthen and continue digitizing the electrical networks.

After twenty years promoting the energy transition, Iberdrola is the leader in renewable energy in our country, with an installed capacity of more than 16,700 renewable MW as of September 2020; a volume that in the world rises to almost 35,000 MW, making its generation park one of the cleanest in the energy sector.

With CO2 / kWh emissions that are already two-thirds lower than the European average, the investment strategy in clean energy and networks will lead Iberdrola to be a “carbon neutral” company in Europe by 2030.