January 31 (Renewables Now) - Italian clean energy specialist Enel Green Power built 5,223 MW of new renewables capacity worldwide in 2022, surpassing its last year’s record of 5,120 MW, the group said on Monday.
The effort included the construction of over 80 power plants, the bulk of them solar and onshore wind farms -- totalling 2,622 MW and 2,160 MW, respectively, -- upgrades and 387 MW of battery energy storage systems (BESS).
As for markets, 1,985 MW of the capacity was installed in North America, mainly the US, followed by 1,364 MW in Latin America, mainly in Chile and Brazil, 1,137 MW in Europe, mainly in Italy and Spain, and 737 MW in Africa, Asia and Oceania combined.
The company also clocked a record 124 TWh of annual renewable power production in 2022. Of the total, wind and solar farms generated 65.9 TWh, or 10.5 TWh more compared to 2021, hydroelectric plants produced 52 TWh and geothermal recorded an output of 6 TWh.
As of December 31, 2022, Enel Green Power has 67 power plants totalling some 7,200 MW under construction, including 900 MW of BESS.
With the 2022 additions, the company now manages around 59 GW of renewable energy capacity, including BESS.
“Despite all the challenges we faced this last year, which was marked by geopolitical conflicts and a worsening macroeconomic environment, we are continuing to grow with the ambitious goal of reaching 75 GW of renewable capacity and battery energy storage systems by 2025 while keeping a strong focus on safety, people and the environment in which our plants are located,” commented Enel Green Power CEO Salvatore Bernabei.