The Cáceres town of Plasencia has inaugurated the first wind farm in Extremadura, which will contribute to reduce around 120,000 tons of polluting emissions per year. This is "the Merengue", which is composed of 15 wind turbines and in which the company Naturgy has invested 40 million euros. During its construction 250 jobs have been created and when the plant starts up, it will produce 155 gigawatt hours per year (GWh), equivalent to the annual electricity consumption of 44,000 homes.
The opening ceremony was attended, among others, by the President of the Board of Extremadura, Guillermo Fernández Vara; the mayor of Plasencia, Fernando Pizarro; and the General Director of Gas and Electricity of Naturgy, Manuel Fernández.
Fernández Vara has affirmed that Extremadura region will be the "spearhead" of renewable energy in Spain in the centuryXXI, since in the region the installation of 5,000 MW of renewables is planned in the next five years, which will involve a private investment of around 4,000 million euros.
"An investment that will contribute not only to generate employment and wealth, but to raise the Gross Domestic Product in our region, which will converge more quickly with the rest of Spain," he said.
The wind farm has a total of 15 wind turbines, all of them from Gamesa of the model SG 2.6-126, with a unit power of 2,625 MW and a rotor diameter of 126 meters.
In addition to the Merengue wind farm, the company is currently developing other projects in Extremadura, such as the Las Jaras photovoltaic plant, located between La Albuera and Badajoz with a power of 50 MW, and the Miraflores photovoltaic plant, in the municipality of Castuera , which will have an installed capacity of 20 MW.