January 21 (Renewables Now) - The Spanish region of Galicia last year added 18 wind farms for a total of 415.24 MW to its wind power fleet, which now surpasses 3,800 MW of installed capacity.
According to the local government’s press release, these 18 projects brought in EUR 509 million (USD 565m) in investments and created jobs for around 2,400 people in Spain’s northwestern region.
The Galician government said that 2020 could see another six wind farms and one repowering project come online, which would add a further 143.55 MW. This would bring Galicia closer to 4,000 MW of wind power capacity distributed between 187 wind farms.
The region also welcomed the commissioning of its largest solar photovoltaic (PV) project last year, a 1.5-MW park in Vilardevos, Ourense province. In 2020, the Curtis-Teixeiro biomass plant of 50 MW, promoted by Spanish forestry and energy group Greenalia SA (BME:GRN), is expected to commence operations.
The Galician government attributed the healthy pace of installations to its regulatory makeover, which simplified the administrative process for projects, among some of its advantages, and renewable energy auctions held under the premiership of former Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy. It said that asking the recently formed Spanish government to call for a new round of renewable energy auctions would be one of its priorities.
(EUR 1.0 = USD 1.11)