EGP Connects Sierra Costera I Wind Farm to the Grid 

Enel Green Power has connected its Sierra Costera I wind farm to the grid. Sierra Costera is the first wind facility to enter into service out of the 540 MW awarded to EGP following the Spanish government's third renewable energy auction held in May 2017.
EGP Connects Sierra Costera I Wind Farm to the Grid 
Courtesy of Enel Green Power

The wind farm has a capacity of around 50 MW and is the largest facility of its kind in the Aragon region. The construction of the new facility, located in the municipalities of Mezquita de Jarque, Fuentes Calientes, Cañada Vellida and Rillo in the province of Teruel, involved an overall investment of €45 million.

The company is currently building around 470 MW of wind projects in Aragon, Castile-León, Andalusia and Galicia, as well as 254 MW of solar capacity awarded in the third renewable energy auction, held in July 2017. The construction of this renewable capacity will involve an investment of over €800 million through 2020 and will increase EGP’s current wind and solar capacity by 52.4 percent.

Sierra Costera I is made up of 14 turbines and will be able to generate approximately 141 GWh a year, avoiding the annual emission of approximately 93,000 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere.

The construction of the wind farm was based on Enel Green Power's "Sustainable Construction Site" model, which included the installation of solar PV panels at the site to cover part of its energy requirements. Water-saving measures were also implemented, such as the installation of water tanks and rainwater collection systems. Upon completion of construction, both the PV panels and the water-saving equipment will be donated for public usage.

In line with the Creating Shared Value (CSV) model adopted by Enel Green Power, which aims to combine business development and local community needs, the company has carried out sustainability projects such as the hiring of a local workforce for the construction of the plant and other work related to the project (e.g. catering and accommodation for workers). In addition, renewable energy training courses were set up for local residents. Enel Green Power has also contributed to the replacement of public lighting with LEDs to improve public areas.

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