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Malaga to have 15 new wind farms by the middle of 2008

Work has already started on laying the infrastructure for the 15 new wind farms that are to be set up in the province’s Guadalteba district. The wind generators will be located in Campillos, Sierra de Yeguas, Almargen, Teba, Cañete la Real, Cuevas del Becerro and Ardales and the work currently under way involves laying the underground cables that will eventually carry the 496 megawatts of energy produced to 50,000 homes.

Carlos Rojo, the manager of Andalusian Association of Wind Energy Promoters (Aprean), explains that the necessary investment of 40 million euros is being provided entirely by the three firms behind the scheme: Endesa, Desarrollos Eólicos-Hidrocantábrico and Gamesa.

Rojo pointed out that work was making good progress and they would soon be able to erect the wind generators. “The Junta de Andalucía has been slow to act but has been correct and thorough”, adds the manager who stresses that the farms will make Malaga the second Andalusian province to generate the most wind energy, after Cadiz.

Once the cables are in place it will take six months to set up the generators which have already been ordered at a cost of almost a million euros each.

María Gómez of the Junta de Andalucía claims that in the middle of 2008 the new wind farms will bring a radical change to the province’s power scenario. “The province’s wind energy production capacity will increase tenfold and there will be a significant change to the landscape in the area”.

Gómez adds that the proportion of the province’s power produced using sustainable resources will increase from five to ten per cent or more.

There are another 15 wind farm projects already on a waiting list as the electricity network would not be able to cope with a greater production and needs to create its own new infrastructure before new licences can be awarded.

By Ignacio Lillo

Sur in English

10 August 2007