A 4 MW wind farm is shortly to go up in Tortosa in the river Ebro valley, 150 kilometres south of Barcelona on Spain's eastern seaboard. The prime mover behind Parc Eolic del Baix Ebre is wind turbine manufacturer and developer Ecotècnia, which is part financing the ESP 769 million project, along with several public and private companies, including the central government's Institute for the Diversification and Reduction of Energy (IDAE), local and regional bodies, banks and the EU's DG XVII. Power will be bought by Fuerzas Eléctricas de Catalunya, FECSA. Ecotècnia will erect 27 of its 20/150 turbines. The wind farm, to come on line in June, 1995, will increase Ecotècnia's sales to 12 MW of capacity. Its projections for total combined sales by the end of 1995 are 21-26 MW. Current installed wind capacity in Spain -- currently Europe's fourth largest wind power producer -- is 51.6 MW, which in 1995 should reach 75.7 MW.
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Senior Renewable Energy Analyst (WindGEMINI Product Lead) DNV GL Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol