Castile and León goal advancing with ten new plant

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The north central region of Castile and León is rapidly advancing towards its 2500-3000 MW goal for 2010 with ten new plant totalling 197 MW going up and a further 347 MW authorised. About 400 MW is now in operation. Most recently, three wind plant totalling 49 MW and using 70 Made turbines came on-line in the Navas del Marqués district of Avila province. The developments are owned by Parque Eólico Montes de las Navas, a three-part consortium headed by Spain's largest utility, Endesa, which owns 62.5% through its renewables wing, Endesa Cogeneración y Renovables (Ecyr). Another 30% is held by fellow utility, Unión Fenosa, via its special energies division, Unión Fenosa Energías Especiales SA, confirming a growing trend in collaboration among Spanish utilities in wind projects. Ecyr expects to open the plant to other investors, with utility Sinae rumoured to be among the possible takers. The remaining 7.5% belongs to regional, provincial and municipal authorities grouped together in a company called Montes de las Navas. The EUR 40 million turnkey contract, including grid connection, took around nine months to complete. Ecyr says it has developed 165 MW of the region's on-line wind power.

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