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Spanish wind company Desarrollos Eolicos SA (DESA) is poised to start work on a 30 MW plant at Tahivilla, in Tarifa, southern Spain. According to the firm's Tomas Andueza, the project will go up in two phases, beginning with 24 MW. DESA plans to use its own 300 kW turbine, which has been undergoing tests in Tarifa and is now ready for production. Tarifa's town major, Jose Fuentes Pacheco, says the wind farm will be taxed at the new rates recently introduced by his government. Once construction is complete, by the end of 1996, the 30 MW wind farm, labelled TA-1, will bring installed capacity in the region up to 102 MW. It will be the third plant to go up in Tarifa since US firm Kenetech inaugurated a 90 MW plant in the area in September. Desarrollos Eolicos is also planning to add about 80 MW to the Canary Islands with five projects, one of which, on the Gran Canaria, is already well under way. The first of the five, costing ESP 3.1 billion, will provide the power-hungry archipelago with 20 MW and is expected to be up and running before the summer.

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