Iberdrola's resurrected wind project in Spain gets local support

The CaƱoneras wind farm in Cantabria. Source: Iberdrola (www.iberdrola.com)

February 7 (Renewables Now) - The government of the Spanish region of Cantabria on Thursday threw its support behind the installation of a 151.2-MW wind project on its territory and promised a detailed but fast administrative process.

The project is promoted by Biocantaber SL, a joint venture between Iberdrola Renovables and local firm Ocyener, which plan to invest EUR 114 million (USD 125.1m) to erect a 36-turbine wind farm in the Sierra del Escudo mountains in Cantabria, the regional government said.

The new wind project is a fusion of three old ones that were awarded to Biocantaber in the Cantabrian wind tender more than a decade ago. The government said that now that the old projects are grouped into one, the developer can expect a simplified administrative permitting so that the wind farm can go into operation in 2021.

The Spanish northern region has only one wind farm in operation, the 32.3-MW Canoneras, which was commissioned in 2008. The renewables unit of the utility group Iberdrola SA (BME:IBE) was also involved in that project, alongside Ocyener and other local partners.

(EUR 1.0 = USD 1.097)

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