It is the company’s first wind power facility to reach this milestone in Spain
Iberdrola’s La Plana III wind farm completes 20 years in operation
- In these two decades, this facility located in Zaragoza province has registered a net output of almost 950 gigawatt hours, with an availability rate of more than 98%
- The implementation of efficiency programmes in operation and maintenance was crucial in ensuring that this renewable facility could continue to function in perfect conditions
Iberdrola’s La Plana III wind farm recently completed 20 years in operation since it was commissioned in late 1996. It is the company’s first wind power facility in Spain to reach this milestone and it has done so in perfect conditions.
In that time, the wind farm has registered a net output of almost 950 gigawatt hours (GWh), the equivalent to the approximate annual consumption of a city with 726,000 inhabitants - similar to the size of Zaragoza - with an availability rate of more than 98%.
The La Plana III wind farm is located in the municipality of La Muela, in Zaragoza. Its total capacity is 21 megawatts (MW), mostly supplied by Gamesa brand wind turbines.
The positive figures for output and availability registered by La Plana III are due to the implementation of various efficiency programmes in operation and maintenance that have been developed by Iberdrola over the years.
The main lines of action were optimising the management of the maintenance service provided by supplier firms and enhancing the operation activities carried out by in-house personnel. This has led to improvements in the efficiency of the operations conducted on the ground and in the availability rate for the facilities.
Leading company in installed wind capacity in Spain
IBERDROLA is the leading company in the production of wind power in Spain, where its aggregate wind power capacity amounts to over 5,500 MW in various autonomous regions: Castile-La Mancha (1,804 MW), Castile and León (1,453 MW), Andalusia (857 MW), Galicia (627 MW), Aragon (305 MW), Murcia Region (161 MW), Basque Country (143 MW), Asturias (74 MW), Catalonia (50 MW) and Cantabria (32 MW).
It is important to note that the company has contributed to the development of the rural areas where it set up its wind farms, by promoting jobs for local employees and backing economic revival in towns that benefit from hosting one of these facilities.
As part of its historical commitment to clean energies, IBERDROLA has been a pioneer in developing wind power in Spain from the outset. The company has also promoted the creation of an important national industrial sector specialising in this technology, helping it to expand abroad by including it in the various projects it is currently carrying out elsewhere in the world.