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Endesa successfully connects up, within the required deadline, the 879 MW it was awarded in the renewable energy auctions

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  • Enel Green Power España, Endesa’s renewable energy subsidiary, thus fulfils the milestone of connecting to the network before 31 December 2019, the 339 MW of solar and 540 MW of wind energy that it was awarded in the second and third auction launched by the Government for the construction of renewable energy generation capacity.
  • The investment, which resulted in 25 developed projects exceeded €800 million and will allow the company to increase the capacity of renewable production by 2,068 GWh/year, with a reduction in CO2 emissions into the atmosphere of 1.3 million tons per year.

Endesa, through its renewable energy subsidiary, Enel Green Power España (EGPE), has successfully completed the milestone of connecting to the network before 31 December 2019 the total capacity that was awarded to the company by the Government in the auctions held in 2017.

Together, 879 MW was developed through 25 projects in Aragon, Andalusia, Extremadura, Galicia, Castilla León and Murcia, with a total investment of more than €800 million. These farms have a production capacity of 2,068 GWh per year, which will prevent the annual emission of 1.3 million tons of CO2 into the atmosphere.

The construction of this renewable capacity is in line with Endesa's strategy of completely decarbonising its generation mix by 2050. To achieve this, the milestone of its 2019-2022 Strategic Plan will be to reach 10.2 GW of renewable installed capacity by 2022, compared with the 7.4 GW estimated for the end of 2019 (which includes the 879 MW awarded in the 2017 auctions), with a total investment of about €3.8 billion.

During the presentation of its 2019-2022 Strategic Plan, carried out on 27 November, Endesa announced that 90% of its investment effort for that period (amounting to €7.7 billion) is aligned with objective number 13 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the fight against climate change. In 2019 alone, Endesa reduced its emissions by more than 40% with the starting up of farms for renewable energy and by shutting down the activity of its coal-fired power plants.

José Bogas, the CEO of Endesa, said that “by meeting this milestone, Endesa, through its deeds, demonstrates the company’s firm commitment to achieve an emission-free production by 2050. This is another step in Endesa's commitment to the progressive replacement of thermal production towards 100% renewable energy, which, on the other hand, is one of the pillars of the national energy transition policy”.

EGPE was awarded 540 MW of wind capacity and 339 MW of solar energy at government renewable energy auctions held in 2017 and construction of the first farm in this package began in September 2018, with the works of the Totana solar plant in Murcia. The last farm put into operation was the Los Arcos wind farm in Málaga, with almost 35 MW.

 

RENEWABLE ENERGY INSTALLATIONS DEVELOPED BY ENDESA

IN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE GOVERNMENT'S AUCTIONS

WIND TECHNOLOGY AUCTION
Draft
LOCATION
INVESTMENT (€ mill)
Capacity (MW)
GWh/year
Serra das Penas Lugo 48,89 42 142,632
Paradeña Lugo 13,94 12 42,31
Ref. Pena Ventosa Lugo 9,5 8 28
Amp. Los Llanos Burgos 22,6 20 78,06
Sto. Domingo Luna Zaragoza 29,2 29,865 116,33
Loma Gorda Zaragoza 25,6 24 70,50
El Campo Zaragoza 23 19,8 75,57
La Estanca Zaragoza 25,4 24 96,77
Los Arcos Málaga 35,5 34,65 101,386
Muniesa Teruel 47,66 46,8 151,684
Farlán Teruel 37,12 41,4 129,334
San Pedro de Alarcón Teruel 38,53 39,9 131,112
Allueva Teruel
27,6 25,2 90,314
Perlada  Teruel 16 14,4 54,258
Sierra Costera I Teruel 44,6 48,9 141
Campoliva I Zaragoza 41,1 35,99 110,386
Campoliva II Zaragoza 39 39,375 119,363
Primoral Zaragoza 33,6 36,45 107,595
TOTAL WIND AUCTION
558,84
540,93 1.427,434
SOLAR TECHNOLOGY AUCTION
Draft
LOCATION
INVESTMENT (€ mill)
Capacity (MW)
GWh/year
Totana Murcia 59 84,7 150
Logrosán - Baylio Cáceres 31,23 42,213 80,5
Dehesa de los Guadalupes Cáceres 31,23 -42,213 80,5
Furatena Cáceres 31,23 -42,213 80,5
Navalvillar Badajoz 33,06 42,3 83,1
Castilblanco Badajoz 33,06 42,3 83,1
Valdecaballeros Badajoz 33,06 42,3 83,1
Total Solar 251,9 338,24 641
AUCTION TOTAL (WIND + SOLAR)
810,173 879,173 2,068.434

Beyond the construction process and the generation of employment which the implementation of these wind and solar projects involves, the model Endesa has followed in their development has included actions to create social value for the environments in which they are located: the so-called CSV (Creating Shared Value) model. These initiatives, which have meant a disbursement of more than €2.2 million, are very diverse in nature and respond to the needs of each municipality, after conducting studies with local authorities.

The initiatives include training in renewable energy for people in the municipalities, advice on energy efficiency, lighting replacement projects with LED technology, self-supply with the installation of photovoltaic panels in nursing homes and other municipal facilities, local sociocultural projects, such as the marking or signing of hiking and bicycle touring trails, or heritage recovery, etc.

 

Sustainable construction

In the construction of these farms, sustainable engineering criteria were followed as was the "Sustainable Construction Site" model of Enel Green Power, including the installation of photovoltaic solar panels to cover part of the energy needs during the work and water saving measures through the installation of tanks and rain collection systems. Once construction was finished, both the photovoltaic panels and the water saving equipment was donated for public use.

Indeed, two of the actions (the installation of isolated photovoltaic equipment for the electrical consumption of the camps during the construction phase which, once completed, will be donated to the local population for public use; and the use of electric vehicles in some of the farms for the movement of those responsible for construction) were included as sustainable engineering actions within the Climate Projects 2018 by the Ministry for Ecological Transition (MITECO).

With the entry into production of this new 879 MW of capacity, Endesa currently manages, through EGPE, more than 7,438 MW of renewable capacity in Spain. Of this figure, 4,701 MW come from conventional hydraulic generation and the rest, 2,737 MW, come from wind (2,292 MW), solar (352 MW), mini-hydro (79 MW) and other renewable energy sources (14 MW).

Enel Green Power, the global renewable energy business line of the Enel Group, to which Endesa belongs, is dedicated to the development and operation of renewables worldwide, with a presence in Europe, America, Asia, Africa and Oceania. Enel Green Power is a global leader in the green energy sector with a managed capacity of about 46 GW in a generation combination that includes wind, solar, geothermal and hydroelectric energy and is at the forefront of the integration of innovative technologies in renewable energy power plants.

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