March 13 (Renewables Now) - Iberdrola SA (BME:IBE) has submitted an application to the Villarino de los Aires city council in Spain’s Castile and Leon region, seeking approval to erect a measuring tower to assess the location’s wind power potential, local news portal Salamanca rtv al dia said last week.
The Villarino wind farm is expected to occupy 3,000 hectares (7,413 acres) divided between private estates and 800 hectares of municipal land. The measuring tower will sit on the land’s highest point at close to 900 metres (2,952 ft) above sea level. The city council will send Iberdrola’s application to the regional government’s territorial committee as the land would have to be reclassified from rural to industrial.
The Villarino mayor, Julian Martin, told local media that the testing period would be carried out over the course of one year. The construction is expected to take place immediately after the testing phase.
The mayor did not disclose the magnitude of the project nor the amount that the town is expected to receive for renting the land.