Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy announced on Monday that it had been awarded the contract to supply wind turbines for four separate wind farms in Spain by developer Gas Natural Fenosa Renovables, for a total of 166 megawatts (MW).
The four wind farms in question are being developed by Gas Natural Fenosa Renovables, which was awarded the 166 MW capacity in Spain’s renewable energy auction held in May of 2017 that awarded 3 gigawatts (GW) worth, mainly to wind energy. The obvious preference for wind immediately caused the Spanish solar association (Unión Española Fotovoltaica) to cry foul. However, the reality of the situation — at least so far as I was able to tell at the time — was that wind energy was better placed to offer lower bids.
The company was actually awarded a total of 667 MW worth of wind power in the Spanish renewable energy auction, requiring €700 million in investments. This adds to a total installed capacity of 979 MW in Spain and another 234 MW spread across Australia, Mexico, and Brazil.
“The result from the auction highlights the value of the portfolio of renewable projects by the energy group, on which it has been working hard for the last few years and which has led to the creation of a truly competitive and streamlined portfolio of projects,” explained Rafael Villaseca, Gas Natural Fenosa Renovables’ CEO, at the time.
Fast-forward nearly a year and Gas Natural Fenosa Renovables has awarded the contract to supply the wind turbines for its four wind farms to Siemens Gamesa, one of, if not the leading wind turbine manufacturer in the world. Siemens Gamesa will provide 48 of its SG 3.4-132 wind turbines — one of its most popular products — and will also commission, operate, and maintain the turbines for three years, all of which are due to be completed mid-2019.
Beyond offering one of the world’s leading wind energy brands and a popular product, Siemens Gamesa also offers locally-produced turbines, with the turbine blades to be manufactured at the company’s Aoiz factory in Navarre, Spain and in nearby Tangiers, Morocco, and the nacelles will be manufactured at its Ágreda facility in Soria, Spain.