Following years of groundwork in Spain, German turbine manufacturer Repower has not only clinched a 350 MW contract to supply 230 turbines for seven wind stations in Castile and León, but also received the go-ahead to build not one but two turbine facilities in the region. The turbine contract is with German municipal energy company MVV Energie. Its subsidiary Eternegy and Spanish partner Proydeco have already secured grid connection permits, with construction permits expected before the end of the year. Repower's first turbine factory is already building in the province of Palencia while work on the second, in Zamora province, has yet to start. The facilities will produce Repower's 1.5 MW and 2 MW machines. The company's Cristina Fernandez adds that Castile and León is catching up with Galicia in terms of annual wind capacity growth. Repower's first firm order in Spain was for Castile-La Mancha region and came from small developer Generación de Energía Alternativa (GEA -- not to be confused with a much larger developer using the same acronym, mainly in Aragón). Last month GEA got the go-ahead for its 3 MW Cabeza de Conde project, now scheduled to go online in April 2004. The time scale forces Repower to ship the two 1.5 MW turbines from Germany as its Spanish facilities will not be completed until spring 2004.
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