September 26 (Renewables Now) - The government of the Spanish region of Castile and Leon is co-financing the construction of a 50-MW biomass-fired plant located in an area that has been affected by decisions to shut down coal mines and coal-based thermal power stations.
The regional government said Wednesday that its financial contribution, made through local energy managing body EREN, amounts to 50% of the investment required for the new plant. Details about other investors were not provided.
The facility will create 450 new jobs in the coal mining community of Cubillos del Sil and double Castile and Leon’s total installed biomass-fired capacity. Once online, the plant will generate an estimated 322,000 GWh per year, enough to meet the consumption needs of some 93,000 households.
The regional authority said it is aiming to boost the installed renewable energy capacity during the current term in government. The proposed target includes raising wind power capacity to 7,600 MW from 5,600 MW, and a five-fold increase in solar photovoltaic (PV) power to 2,500 MW.