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    Naturgy will invest 57 million euros in the second wind farm in Extremadura and in its third photovoltaic plant in the Community


    September 28, 2022 - Contify Energy News

     

      The president of the Junta de Extremadura, Guillermo Fernández Vara , and the president of Naturgy, Francisco Reynés, accompanied by the mayor of Plasencia, Fernando Pizarro , and the Minister of Ecological Transition and Sustainability, Olga García, today presided over the first stone from the Merengue II wind farm and the Puerta del Jerte photovoltaic plant, which the energy company will build in the Cáceres municipality of Plasencia.

      Both renewable energy generation projects represent a global investment of close to 57 million euros, which will allow the energy company to add 80 MW to the 62 MW it already has installed (Merengue I wind farm, in operation, and Miraflores photovoltaic , in the testing phase) and the 50 MW under construction (Las Jaras de Badajoz photovoltaic), in Extremadura. Merengue II is the second wind farm in the Community, and Puerta del Jerte is the third photovoltaic plant that Naturgy is building in Extremadura. The construction of the two projects will create more than 860 direct and indirect jobs.

      Key Highlights:

      * During the useful life of both projects, estimated at 30 years, the emission of more than 1.8 million tons of CO2 per year will be avoided.

      * With a total of 11 wind turbines, and an approximate investment of 41 million euros, the Merengue II wind farm will have a capacity of 50 MW.

      * It will produce 127.9 GWh annually, and will avoid the annual emission of nearly 81,500 tons of CO2.

      * For its part, the Puerta del Jerte photovoltaic plant will consist of 77,868 modules, and will involve an approximate investment of 16 million euros.

      * With a capacity of 30 MW, it will generate 62GWh per year, avoiding the emission of almost 39,500 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere.

      Original Press Release:

      Plasencia, Sept. 27 -- Naturgy issued the following news release:

      - The president of Extremadura, Guillermo Fernández Vara, and the president of Naturgy, Francisco Reynés, today laid the first stone of the Merengue II wind farm and the Puerta del Jerte photovoltaic plant, in Plasencia.

      - The construction of both projects will generate 860 direct and indirect jobs and, when it comes into operation, its production will be equivalent to the annual consumption of 54,500 homes.

      - Extremadura is the autonomous community that currently concentrates the most new Naturgy renewable projects in Spain.

      The president of the Junta de Extremadura, Guillermo Fernández Vara , and the president of Naturgy, Francisco Reynés , accompanied by the mayor of Plasencia, Fernando Pizarro , and the Minister of Ecological Transition and Sustainability, Olga García , today presided over the first stone from the Merengue II wind farm and the Puerta del Jerte photovoltaic plant, which the energy company will build in the Cáceres municipality of Plasencia.

      Both renewable energy generation projects represent a global investment of close to 57 million euros, which will allow the energy company to add 80 MW to the 62 MW it already has installed (Merengue I wind farm, in operation, and Miraflores photovoltaic , in the testing phase) and the 50 MW under construction (Las Jaras de Badajoz photovoltaic), in Extremadura.

      Also participating in the groundbreaking ceremony were the General Director of Renewables, New Businesses and Innovation of Naturgy, Jorge Barredo , the General Director of Sustainability, Reputation and Institutional Relations, Jordi Garcia Tabernero , and the General Director of Industry of the Board of Extremadura, Samuel Ruiz, together with other representatives of Naturgy and the administrations of Extremadura.

      Merengue II is the second wind farm in the Community, and Puerta del Jerte is the third photovoltaic plant that Naturgy is building in Extremadura. The construction of the two projects will create more than 860 direct and indirect jobs.

      These two new facilities will produce more than 189 GWh/year of energy, which is equivalent to the annual electricity consumption of 54,500 homes. Likewise, they will make it possible to displace the use of other sources of conventional electricity generation, helping to reduce more than 120,000 tons of CO2 per year. During the useful life of both projects, estimated at 30 years, the emission of more than 1.8 million tons of CO2 per year will be avoided.

      During his speech, Reynéshighlighted Naturgy's objective to triple its installed capacity in renewable energies by 2025. "Extremadura has shown that it has a firm commitment to the energy transition and has clearly opted to advance in the installation of wind and solar energy, which is why it is also strategic for Naturgy and it is here where our company concentrates the most new renewable projects in Spain”, said the Chairman of Naturgy.

      For his part, the president of Extremadura, Fernández VaraHe explained that "Extremadura is becoming a benchmark in terms of renewable energies, and in this process of change it is lucky to have necessary partners such as Naturgy". “Clean energies are no longer a complement for companies, and are an essential basis for business plans. We are an increasingly attractive region, and this is possible thanks to our capacity in renewables, with the commitment made by companies such as Naturgy”, he added.

      With a total of 11 wind turbines, and an approximate investment of 41 million euros, the Merengue II wind farm will have a capacity of 50 MW. It will produce 127.9 GWh annually, and will avoid the annual emission of nearly 81,500 tons of CO2.

      For its part, the Puerta del Jerte photovoltaic plant will consist of 77,868 modules, and will involve an approximate investment of 16 million euros. With a capacity of 30 MW, it will generate 62GWh per year, avoiding the emission of almost 39,500 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere.

      Naturgy's commitment to Extremadura

      Extremadura is a region of high strategic value for Naturgy. In addition to the two facilities in Plasencia, the first stone of which was laid today, the energy multinational is building another photovoltaic plant, Las Jaras, located in the municipalities of La Albuera and Badajoz, with an installed capacity of 50 MW. This installation will produce approximately 122.9 GWh/year of energy, which is equivalent to the annual electricity consumption of more than 35,200 homes, and will prevent the emission of nearly 78,300 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere per year.

      In addition, the Miraflores photovoltaic plant, in the municipality of Castuera (Badajoz), is already undergoing tests and will come into operation before the end of the year. This plant has an installed capacity of 22 MW and will produce around 47 GWh of energy per year, which is equivalent to the annual electricity consumption of more than 13,500 homes.

      Naturgy also has other projects in various stages of administrative processing, totaling another 450 MW. On the one hand, the photovoltaic solar plants of Los Naipes, Los Naipes II and El Encinar I, located in the municipality of Badajoz, which have an installed capacity of 50 MW each and whose construction is scheduled to begin before the end of the year. On the other hand, the Campo de Arañuelo photovoltaic plant, between the municipalities of Aldeacentenera and Torrecillas de la Tiesa. This installation is, with 300 MW, the one with the highest power that the company is currently processing in our country.

      Naturgy has become one of the leading investors in clean technologies in Spain with installed renewable power in the country of more than 4 GW, of which 1,951 MW belong to hydro, 1,764 MW to wind, 111 MW to mini-hydro and 250 MW to to photovoltaic.

      Commitment to the energy transition

      Naturgy has a strategic roadmap with which the company will promote its role in the energy transition and decarbonisation, with the ambitious goal of achieving emission neutrality by 2050 and close installed power from renewable sources at 60%.

      The company plans to invest 14,000 million euros until 2025, of which approximately two thirds will be dedicated to promoting renewable generation, to go from the current 5.2 GW in operation to the more than 14 GW expected to be operational in December 2025.

      These investments confirm the company's strategic shift towards a more sustainable energy mix and its commitment to the energy transition. All this, without abandoning the fundamental objectives of creating value and growth for each of the businesses, as well as the objectives in terms of ESG. In the environmental sphere, the company continued with its policy of increasing emission-free production by 9.3% during 2021. It also significantly reduced Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions, 12.9% less than in 2020, as a result of the new installed renewable capacity and the closure of coal-fired generation plants.

      Disclaimer: The Above Content is Auto-Translated

      Source: Naturgy

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