The President of Castilla-La Mancha, Emiliano García-Page, has officially opened the “El Monte” wind farm, previously known as Cuevas de Velasco, built by Eiffage Energía Sistemas in Torrejoncillo del Rey (Cuenca). This project is the result of a partnership with Azora Capital, Plenitude’s strategic partner in Spain for the development of renewable energy projects.
The 104.5 MW wind farm is now fully operational. It consists of a total of 19 GE Cypress 158 wind turbines, with the largest unit size (5.5MW) installed in Spain. This facility will produce over 300,000 MWh per year, equivalent to the domestic consumption of 100,000 households.
Eiffage Energía was responsible for constructing the accesses; internal roads; installation platforms; foundations; drainage; cable trenches; medium voltage network; communications; and grounding.
We also built the evacuation system associated with the Cuevas de Velasco wind farm, consisting of:
-The “Villar del Águila” 220/30kV substation. This consists of a Line-Transformer position and an ONAN/ONAF 90/120 MW power transformer.
-A 220kV overhead line. Originating at the “Villar del Águila” substation and ending at the “Villares del Saz” substation, owned by Red Eléctrica Española. The estimated length of this evacuation line is 13.640 km.
-A 220kV Metering Centre, adjoining the “Villares del Saz” substation. It will have voltage and current transformers with similar characteristics to those installed at the Villar del Águila substation for use as a boundary point with Red Eléctrica Española.
The regional president praised the facility for creating “employment and income”, as well as for its “contribution to overall sustainability”.
“Castilla-La Mancha is going to produce much more clean energy than we can use and on top of that we just feed it into the national grid”. In the regional president’s opinion, this energy model serves to “understand what it means to be a nation and to all be in it together, where we share both problems and their solutions”.
The project also promotes the creation of direct and indirect local employment and will contribute to the progressive decarbonisation of the electricity sector in Spain.