Spain's central region of Castile La Mancha has given the go-ahead for six wind plant totalling 230 MW to the renewables wing of Spain's top utility, Endesa Cogeneración y Renovables (ECyR). ECyR expects to pump EUR 207 million into the projects, consisting of 288, 800 kW turbines from sister company Made Tecnologías. The 800 kW machine is Made's first variable pitch model and is fitted with Spain's first asynchronous wind turbine generator. ECyR's six projects are a further sign that the pace of wind development is picking up in Castile La Mancha. Last year concessions were granted to other developers totalling 464 MW (Windpower Monthly, March 2002). ECyR claims to have put up 209 MW of wind turbines during 2001, bringing its cumulative total to 424 MW, all using Made technology.
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Senior Renewable Energy Analyst (WindGEMINI Product Lead) DNV GL Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol