Spain's largest wind operator, utility Iberdrola, has obtained an Aenor international standard certificate, ISO 14001, for the environmental management of 40 wind plants across the country that make up 53%, or 1313 MW, of the utility's operational wind capacity. Iberdrola says this amount of ISO certified wind capacity is a world record and recognises the company's effective environmental management systems. It hopes to extend the same certification to a further 855 MW before the end of the year. Iberdrola claims to have brought online or acquired a total of 208 MW in wind capacity in Spain this year, bringing its cumulative total to 2465 MW, 52% up on the same period last year. The new capacity comes from: La Magdalena (24 MW) in Burgos province; Cerro del Palo (50 MW) and La Muela I (50 MW) in Cuenca; Larouco II (15 MW) in Orense and Cantalojas (18 MW) in Guadalajara. The company has also connected a further 37 MW from its Hontabilla plant in the province of Soria and is building a 29 MW extension there. Work has on the neighbouring 20 MW Sierro project. In May, Iberdrola announced building on the 46 MW Munilla-Lasanta wind plant in Rioja. It expects to finish the year with 3100 MW of wind plant in operation.
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Senior Renewable Energy Analyst (WindGEMINI Product Lead) DNV GL Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol