The 55 meters of the Mudéjar tower of the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption dominate the landscape of the town of Muniesa, Teruel. In recent months, new “neighbours” are settling in the outskirts of the city. They will never be a national monument, like the formidable octagonal brick tower, but they bring new air to the municipality. The 38 windmills that are being erected outside Muniesa, between this town and the neighbouring Alacón, are providing oxygen to the local economy.
“Since the works started in October of last year, there has been more life in the town. There are more people at the bar, more movement. Right now, there is not a single house available in the town. A new outsider even came, who had to go 40km from here because all homes were rented”, confirmed Jose Luis Iranzo, mayor of Muniesa.
The construction of three wind farms has implied a small revolution for this city of the region of the coal mining areas of Teruel, a town of 610 registered residents, of which 450-480 reside in the municipality. Most are dedicated to dryland agriculture focused on growing barley, and livestock, especially raising sheep. The province of Teruel has lost half of its population in the last century, but it is not giving up. “Teruel continues to exist and will always exist. We are tough people and we are adapting to the new technologies”, confirmed Iranzo.
What they’re also adapting to is Muniesa's new skyline splashed with windmills that “people are largely getting used to”, he indicated. As a result of the transformed landscape, the town has new revenue for the neighbours who have rented the lands and for the businesses of the town. Between 80 and 100 workers have reached Muniesa to erect the wind turbines of the wind farms being built by Enel Green Power España (EGPE), Endesa’s division of renewable energies.