Red Eléctrica commissions the first facility for the Canary Islands’ Wind Energy Development Plan

The President of the Government of the Canary Islands, Fernando Clavijo, visited the facilities of the Aldea Blanca substation on Monday.

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Red Eléctrica de España has commissioned a new substation bay in the 66 kilovolt Aldea Blanca substation (located in southern Gran Canaria), which will allow the evacuation of wind energy generated in the Llanos de la Aldea and San Bartolomé wind farms. In total, they represent 29.2 megawatts (MW) of installed wind power, being the first wind farms of the Canary Islands’ Wind Energy Development Plan that have begun to introduce wind energy into the transmission grid. This will allow the installed wind power capacity in the Gran Canaria electricity system to increase by 33%.

The President of the Government of the Canary Islands, Fernando Clavijo, visited this substation accompanied by Red Eléctrica’s General Manager of Transmission Division, Eva Pagán, and by the CEO of the company that owns the wind farms, Ecoener, Luis de Valdivia, in addition to visiting the wind farm from which the wind energy generation will be evacuated to the Aldea Blanca substation.

The construction of this new bay in the Aldea Blanca substation is part of the actions foreseen in the 2015-2020 Electricity Transmission Grid Planning in the Canary Islands, in order to develop the grid and provide it with connection points and sufficient evacuation capacity for future wind farms, and therefore be able to connect this generation to the existing transmission grid.

 

It is foreseen that this same substation bay will be used in the future to connect to 3 other wind farms, increasing the installed wind power capacity to 62 MW. Additionally, 12 photovoltaic power stations are also planned, which would bring the total installed renewable power connected to said substation bay to 95.65 MW.

In addition, the commissioning of this new substation bay marks the kickoff of the new energy model in the Islands, which includes the construction of six new substations and the enlargement of two more, one of them, Aldea Blanca. The new energy model in the Canary Islands is underway in order to take on the challenge of increasing the interconnection links between the islands, promoting energy storage and increasing the infrastructure required to evacuate electricity production coming from renewable energy sources.