August 6 (Renewables Now) - Spain's Aragon autonomous community government announced today it has authorised 1,778.04 MW of wind projects that were awarded in the May 2017 energy auction.
In all, the particular auction contracted 3,000 MW, almost entirely related to wind projects. The plants have until December 31, 2019 to commence operations.
Through the provincial services of the Department of Economy, Industry and Employment, the local government approved 53 wind schemes prior to the deadline set by the country's Ministry of Energy, the government said.
Some projects were not authorised because their developers were late to submit paper work or need to make some modifications from an environmental point of view.
Currently, 143 wind farm applications are under analysis, representing a capacity of 4,210.71 MW, of which 67, or 2,256.28 MW, correspond to requests from winners of the state auctions. In regards to photovoltaic (PV) plants, 40 projects, or 1,572.72 MWp, are under evaluation, the government noted.