The Ecoener Group has started up today, in San Sebastian de La Gomera, five new wind farms with a combined generation capacity of 12 MW and which have required an investment of more than 17 million euros. In this way, Ecoener increases its leadership in the production of renewable energies in the Canary Islands.
The president of Ecoener, Luis de Valdivia, said: "Today is a great day. We are very proud of this constructive milestone, the result of the efforts of so many people and of contributing to the La Gomera 100% Sustainable Plan". And he added: "We are committed to continue contributing to the energy transition of the Canary Islands, where we have already invested more than 140 million euros in all our assets over the last 20 years".
The event, held in San Sebastián de La Gomera, was attended by the President of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres, together with the President of the Cabildo of La Gomera, Casimiro Curbelo, the Minister for Ecological Transition, Fight against Climate Change and Territorial Planning, José Antonio Valbuena, and the Mayor of San Sebastián de La Gomera, Adasat Reyes, among other authorities and representatives of the island's business and social organizations.
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A milestone in construction activity
The La Gomera wind farms have been a milestone in Ecoener's history, as they were built in just five months with a significant effort, given the orographic and meteorological conditions of the area where they are located, and the important logistical effort involved in developing a project of these characteristics in such a short period of time. The construction process involved the work of a multidisciplinary team of 200 top-level professionals.
These assets also summarize the main pillars of Ecoener's strategy: a firm commitment to renewable energies to reduce emissions, technological innovation with state-of-the-art equipment that improves energy efficiency and environmental protection, and a commitment to society and the local economy.
Model of environmental regeneration
The wind farms of La Gomera also have a specific environmental action consisting of an ambitious environmental regeneration and recovery program in collaboration with the nursery of the Cabildo de La Gomera and the Asociación para la Diversidad Funcional de La Gomera (Association for Functional Diversity of La Gomera).
In collaboration with these entities, the revegetation of more than 1,000 native trees and bushes covering a total area of 21,000 square meters is being carried out. The species used in this action, among others, are tedera, balo and verode.
In addition, the wind turbines of the wind farms have been equipped with modern environmental conservation systems to guarantee the protection of birdlife.
The new wind farms in La Gomera have the capacity to supply renewable energy to almost 11,000 homes and will avoid the emission of more than 23,000 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere, a significant contribution to the total decarbonization of the Canary Islands, scheduled for 2040. With the inauguration of this wind farm complex, Ecoener takes an important step in the development of the company's strategic plan.
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The capacity of Ecoener's assets in operation and under construction has reached 420 MW. Of these, 45% are located in Spain and 55% in the Americas.
The assets in production consist of 7 hydroelectric power plants, 15 wind farms and 13 photovoltaic plants. The company has around 1.7 GW under development with expansion and growth projects worldwide.
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Ecoener posted a net profit of E20.2 million in 2022, up 3.6 times compared to E5.6 million in 2021, and achieved revenues of E72.9 million, up 83% from E39.9 million in 2021, with production of 382 GWh.