Spain's Acciona Energía is claiming to be the world's largest wind developer, ahead of both America's FPL and Iberdrola, its utility rival at home. Acciona is currently building 30 wind projects with a combined capacity of 828 MW. Of that, 743 MW is going up in Spain and the rest in Canada, France and Germany. The spurt brings Acciona's direct ownership of wind plant online or building to 2500 MW. Adding plant developed for third parties, the total is 4500 MW, putting it ahead of Iberdrola's 4274 MW online or building. In Spain, the long awaited start to wind plant construction in the east coast Valencia region is providing much of the impetus. Acciona owns 50% of developer Renomar, which is behind 285 MW of activity there, all involving 1.5 MW machines from Acciona Windpower. In Castile-La Mancha, the company owns 100% of 157.5 MW under construction, again using the 1.5 MW model. In Galicia in the north, Acciona owns 50% of 148.2 MW going up using Vestas machines. A further 152.5 MW is building across the regions of Catalonia, Navarra, Aragón and Castile and León. In Canada, Acciona owns one third of the 30 MW Chin Chute development now underway, while in France, it is building 6 MW for a client and owns 50% of a further 28.7 MW going up. Meanwhile, Acciona is finalising work on 20 MW in Germany.
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Senior Renewable Energy Analyst (WindGEMINI Product Lead) DNV GL Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol