Andalusia commissions first wind farm of megawatt technology

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Andalusia's first wind farm of large wind turbines using 100% Spanish technology has been connected to the grid. The 17 turbines (5.76 MW) are installed at Los Lances, Tarifa, on the Strait of Gibraltar. Ecotècnia of Barcelona has supplied nine 600 kW turbines and MADE Tecnologias Renovables, the wind turbine manufacturing arm of Spanish utility ENDESA, has supplied eight 660 kW units. Both are fixed speed models. The developer, SELL, was set up solely for the Los Lances project and is made up of four heavyweights in the Spanish wind sector: majority shareholder ENDESA (50%), the Spanish Institute for Energy Diversification and Saving (20%), the regional development agency, IFA (20%), and Ecotècnia (10%). Investment in the project is ESP 400 million (EUR 2.3 million). Los Lances was authorised in March 1998 before the regional government clamped a 400 MW ceiling on new wind in the whole of the Tarifa area (Windpower Monthly, September 1999). An environmental impact study was carried out by the Andalusia environmental agency, AMA.

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