Naturgy's strategic shift towards an energy mix with a greater weight of renewables in Spain continues. The company has invested 528 million to promote some thirty new wind farms and photovoltaic plants, which will add 683 MW of power to the national fleet. A dozen of them will start operating before the end of this year, while work on another 20 facilities already underway is being rushed. A further nine projects will start construction in the coming weeks.
The new photovoltaic and wind power plants are mainly distributed between Extremadura (310.3 MW), Andalusia (150 MW) and the Canary Islands (71.9 MW), while Catalonia (49.4 MW), Galicia (46.2 MW), Murcia (34 MW) and Castilla-La Mancha (21.7 MW) account for the rest of the renewable package. In figures, this means being able to generate some 1,600 GWh/year of clean electricity to supply the consumption of half a thousand homes and, more significantly, it will prevent the emission into the atmosphere of more than one million tons of CO2.
The multinational energy company expects to put 228 MW of the 683 MW into operation before the end of this year in ten facilities: FV Tabernas I and FV Tabernas II in Andalusia; FV Canredondo in Castilla-La Mancha; PE Els Barrancs and PE Punta Redona, in Catalonia; PE Agüimes, PE Camino de la Madera, FV Puerto del Rosario and FV Salinetas in the Canary Islands. These facilities are in addition to three others, Torozos II and Espina, in Castilla y León, and Miraflores, in Extremadura, which have already come into operation this year.
Extremadura leads in renewable investment
On the regional map, Extremadura is the Autonomous Community with the highest concentration of Naturgy's renewable investment, with 310.3 MW, which is rounded off by the commissioning of the first photovoltaic plant in the region in Miraflores, in the municipality of Castuera. It has a capacity of 22 MW and its estimated annual production (47 GWh) guarantees the consumption of some 13,500 homes.
It has more than 41,000 modules and its commissioning will help to reduce CO2 emissions into the atmosphere by 30,000 tons per year . If we calculate the savings over the useful life of the project, it would be almost one million tons (750,000) in 25 years, minimizing, in addition, other polluting gases.
With 150 MW of renewable energy capacity underway, Andalusia is the region with the second largest number of Naturgy renewable energy projects in Spain.
The multinational energy company has also begun construction of the Las Jaras photovoltaic plant, between La Albuera and Badajoz. The facility has a capacity of 50 MW to generate 122.9 GWh/year of energy, more or less the annual consumption of 35,200 homes. In addition, and as is already the case with Miraflores, it will allow displacing the use of other sources of conventional electricity generation to reduce by another 78,300 tons of CO2 per year, among other emissions.
With 150 MW of renewable power capacity underway, Andalusia is the second autonomous region with the most Naturgy renewable projects in Spain, two of which will be FV Tabernas and FV Tabernas II. The Canary Islands, in third place (71.9 MW), has two wind farms in Agüimes and Camino de la Madera (Gran Canaria) and two photovoltaic plants in Puerto del Rosario (Fuerteventura), already in operation after investing 35 million, and the one being built in Salinetas, in Telde.
It should be noted that Camino de la Madera is an installation of four wind turbines with 9.2 MW of power and 10.5 million invested. It is estimated that they will produce 27.5 GWh of energy per year, the energy consumed by 7,800 homes, with a saving of 13,700 tons of carbon dioxide emissions. Specifically, this wind farm was included in the second call for aid for investment in wind technology facilities for the Canary Islands, co-financed with Feder funds, 'a way of making Europe', and managed by Idae.
Castilla La-Mancha will have another of the photovoltaic installations that will start operating shortly in Canredondo, Guadalajara.
Those already in operation are the two wind farms in Castilla y León: La Espina (León) and Torozos II. The latter is the second one that Naturgy has in Castromonte (Valladolid). With an installed capacity of 35.20 MW, it has a total of 16 wind turbines and has required the disbursement of 39 million euros. It is expected to produce 101.5 GWh per year, which is equivalent to the average consumption of 29,100 houses, almost half of those in the provinces of Ávila, Palencia and Segovia. The estimated savings in pollutant emissions and greenhouse gases are 64,600 tons for each year of the wind farm's useful life.
In Galicia, on the other hand, the company will begin construction of a new wind farm in Lugo before the end of 2022 with 46.2 MW, while Murcia will host a 34 MW solar plant in the town of Jumillas.
Finally, Castilla La-Mancha will have another photovoltaic facility that will start operating shortly in Canredondo, Guadalajara, with 41,006 modules and 21.98 MW of power. Its production will be able to supply electricity to all the inhabitants of Azuqueca de Henares, the second most populated town in the province, and will avoid releasing 30,000 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere every year, more or less what it would be to remove 12,400 cars from the roads for a whole year.
Commitment to energy transition
Naturgy has set itself the goal of achieving emissions neutrality by 2050 by increasing its installed capacity from renewable sources to 60%.
The roadmap to 2025 involves the investment of 14,000 million euros, of which more than 9,000 million are earmarked for boosting renewable generation to go from the current 5.3 GW - installed power in operation - to more than 14 GW by the end of that year.
"These investments confirm Naturgy's strategic shift towards a more sustainable mix and its commitment to the energy transition, without abandoning the fundamental objectives of creating value and growth for each of its businesses and objectives," the company said.