IBERDROLA RENOVABLES has begun opening seven wind farms in France, which amount to a total of 59.5 megawatts (MW) of power.
Specifically, the Company has opened the installations at Mache, with 8 MW divided among 4 Gamesa G90 wind turbines, and at Erize, with 11.5 MW from five Nordex N90 wind turbines. In addition, it has completed the installation of the wind farms at Brissy (with 6 MW of capacity, divided among three Gamesa G90 wind turbines); Sery (with 8 MW from four G90 wind turbines); Ribemont (with 10 MW from five G90 wind turbines); Villers le Sec (with 6 MW from three G90 turbines), and Mauron (with 10 MW from five G90 wind turbines).
The opening of these new installations enables the Company to continue strengthening its presence in France, where it now has, through its subsidiary IBERDROLA RENOVABLES FRANCE, 220 MW of installed power divided among 23 wind farms. In addition, the Company has just begun the construction of the wind farm at Gery, which will have 10 MW.
In this way, IBERDROLA RENOVABLES is taking a further step in the development of its portfolio of projects throughout the world, with the objective of installing 2,000 MW during this current year.
The objective of the Strategic Plan 2008-2012 is to consolidate the position of IBERDROLA RENOVABLES, which is currently the leader in the global wind power market, as the company of reference throughout the world in terms of clean energies. Along these lines, the Company plans to lead the sector by the end of this period in Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States.
IBERDROLA RENOVABLES reached an installed power of 8,487 MW at the end of the third quarter, a figure that represents an increase of 70.5% compared with the same period of the previous year. Out of this capacity, 8,146 MW corresponds to wind farms and 342 MW to small scale hydroelectric stations.
The Company now has 4,450 MW of installed wind power capacity in Spain and 3,696 MW outside Spain: 2,318 MW of which are found in the United States and 617 MW in the United Kingdom. The other 761 MW (+39%) are located in the rest of the world, mainly in Europe.