The Nordex Group has won a 30-MW order to renovate one of Acciona Energía’s oldest wind farm in Spain. In the second half of 2018, it will upgrade the 30-MW El Cabrito wind farm with 12 multi-megawatt turbines.
In this connection, Acciona Energia has opted for eight N100/3000 turbines and four AW70/1500 turbines that fit optimally in the existing wind layout. The contract provides for the delivery of the turbines and a guarantee for an initial two-year period.
The wind farm was originally constructed around 25 years ago, and was one of the first projects of its kind at that time. Accordingly, the 90 turbines, each of which have a nominal capacity of around 330 KW, are now showing their age.
“This project is something of an ideal constellation for us, as with it, we can demonstrate that wind power has gained substantially in efficiency and show that this kind of projects makes good ecological and economic sense,” said Patxi Landa, Chief Sales Officer of Nordex SE.
With a capacity that is up to 10 times greater, the 12 new turbines will produce an increased energy yield despite having the same nominal capacity, whilst simultaneously lowering the operating costs.
At the same time, the landscape will also be improved aesthetically, thanks to the substantially lower number of turbines. El Cabrito is situated on a mountain range near Tarifa in southern Spain where high wind speeds prevail. Acciona Energía will handle the dismantling of the older wind systems.