March 26 (Renewables Now) - The Canary Islands government approved on Monday two decrees that will enable the construction of two wind farms with the combined capacity of 28.4 MW in Tenerife and Lanzarote.
The decrees also contain orders that the zoning ordinance in the areas affected by the construction be modified or revised within six months.
One decree refers to the construction of the 19.2-MW Hoya de Lucas wind farm which Disa Eolica SLU is developing in the municipality of Arico on the island of Tenerife.
Similarly, the government approved the construction of the 9-MW Arrecife wind park developed by Consejo Insular de Aguas de Lanzarote SA in the municipalities of Arrecife and Teguise on the island of Lanzarote.
Both projects are eligible to receive aid approved at the beginning of the year and earmarked for the expansion of the Canary Islands’ wind capacity. The total aid budget stands at EUR 80 million (USD 90.3m) with the Islands’ government targeting at least 180 MW of new wind capacity.
Currently, there are 18 wind parks totalling 186.67 MW operating in Tenerife, whereas Lanzarote has 23.43 MW of installed capacity divided between five farms.
The installed wind power capacity in the entire Canary Islands archipelago totals 417.6 MW, the government said in the accompanying press release.
(EUR 1.0 = USD 1.13)