The Energy Cluster of Extremadura visits the Merengue Wind Farm, the first wind farm in Extremadura

Yesterday, the members of the Energy Cluster of Extremadura Management Board visited Naturgy’s Merengue Wind Farm, which is now fully operational. After meeting in Plasencia, the Management Board went to the wind power facility to take a guided tour led by Ana Ruiz, the head of project development for Naturgy in Extremadura.

The Energy Cluster is a non-profit business association whose mission is to promote the integration, creation and strengthening of companies and institutions in the energy sector.

Naturgy is a member of the Energy Cluster and has held the position of Vice President for several years.

Naturgy and renewable energy

Naturgy, through its renewable energy subsidiary, has constructed the first wind farm, the Merengue wind farm, in Extremadura. It consists of a total of 15 wind turbines, which have an installed capacity of 40 MW and their installation has involved an investment of nearly €40 million. The park will produce around 155 GWh per year, the equivalent to the annual energy consumption of 44,000 homes, double the electricity consumption of Plasencia in a whole year.

Besides the Merengue Wind Farm, the company is developing other projects in Extremadura. These projects include the Las Jaras photovoltaic power plant located between La Albuera and Badajoz with an installed power capacity of 50 MW, and the Miraflores photovoltaic power plant in Castuera, which will have an installed power capacity of 20 MW.

Furthermore, Naturgy is currently studying a number of other projects for development in the region, thus confirming the company’s commitment to Extremadura.

The renewables subsidiary of the multinational power company closed 2018 with an installed capacity in operation of 1,179 MW in Spain (1,012 MW from wind, 109 MW from mini-hydroelectric plants and 58 MW from cogeneration and photovoltaics).