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Alerion adds 51MW to total wind capacity

ITALY: Italian renewable energy group Alerion Clean Power has brought two wind farms online in Italy with a combined capacity of 51MW.

Alerion's 34 MW Ordona wind farm in Apulia, inaugurated last year, is pictured here
Alerion's 34 MW Ordona wind farm in Apulia, inaugurated last year, is pictured here

The first is the 29MW wind farm at San Martino in Pensilis in the Italian region of Molise. The second, 22MW wind farm is located in Licodia in the region of Sicily. Combined estimated annual electricity production from the two plants is 100GWh.

Alerion now has 197MW of operational wind farms. Company CEO Giulio Antonello noted this  figure would soon surpass 300MW, with the completion of a 72.6MW wind farm in the southern Italian region of Apulia and a 64.8 MW wind project in Romania, its first outside of Italy. Both projects were authorised earlier this year.

In early September, Alerion announced a new business plan designed to make it a major pan-European player in wind energy.

It set a medium-term target of annual electricity production from renewable energy  of more than 2TWh.  This compares with estimated total production of about 775GWh in renewable energy plants that are either operational, under construction or fully authorised.  

Most of these, or 335MW, are in wind energy and Alerion said it planned to focus further on wind in the future.

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