New substation ready for Canary Islands' clean energy plans
Wind farm on Tenerife. Author: Jose Mesa.
Red Electrica de Espana (REE) today inaugurated the Santa Agueda 220/66 kV substation, which is part of a larger new energy plan for the Canary Islands, based on renewables and interconnections between islands.
The Spanish grid operator said investment in the facility amounted to EUR 23.5 million (USD 26m). The amount rises to EUR 54 million when investments in the associated transmission lines are added to the calculation.
The substation will connect the 200-MW Chira-Soria pumped-storage hydropower plant, which will facilitate the integration of renewable energy in Gran Canaria. The new energy model for the Canary Islands includes further improvements and upgrades to the transmission infrastructure and the installation of energy storage systems.
In September it was announced that the Canary Islands will hold a wind and solar energy auction. A date has not yet been disclosed.