Energy TEC backs out of Tarifa deal

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Energy TEC, a Spanish company with designs on Tarifa in southern Spain, is backing out from earlier plans to build a 200 MW wind farm in the region and now is aiming to put up 50 MW instead. The main problem seems to be the economic demands placed on the company by the Tarifa governing authority and a weak grid connection which would cost millions to improve. The company, based in the province of Granada, agreed earlier to pay ESP 500 million up front as a guarantee against taxes on sales of power produced by the originally proposed project. Energy TEC now wants to scale down the up-front payment in line with its revised plans. But Tarifa mayor, Jose Fuentes Pacheco, is demanding that the company, which has already paid ESP 50 million into the town hall's coffers, pay the original sum before beginning work on Tarifa land.

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