ACCIONA Energía Opens Windfarm in Spainish Catalonia

June 27, 2005 by Jeff Shepard

Wind developer ACCIONA Energía SA (Spain), through its renewables subsidiary EHN, announced that it has opened the largest windfarm in Catalonia with an investment of €50 million. The 33 turbines provide a total capacity of 50 MW, and the annual output of 105,000,000 kWh is sufficient for 30,000 homes. The Rubió facility will displace the emission of 103,000 tonnes of CO2 a year, which is the equivalent of planting five million trees.

The facility is EHN’s first project in Catalonia and increases the green power capacity of the autonomous region by 52%. The 1.5 MW turbines use INGETUR technology, which is owned by EHN. The turbines are 80 m in height with a rotor diameter of 77 m, blades of 37 m and a total weight of 200 tonnes, the largest in Catalonia. They generate medium-voltage electricity and can bypass the transformation from low-to-medium voltage that is required of other wind turbines.