By Greentech Lead Team: IBERDROLA, the global renewable
energy company, announced it has completed construction of the Blue Creek wind
farm in the United States, one of the largest facilities in the world with
installed capacity of 304 megawatts (MW). The wind farm employs 152 Gamesa G90
turbines, with unit capacity of 2 MW each.
IBERDROLA signed a power purchase agreement with the U.S.
firm FirstEnergy Solutions, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp., for 100 MWs of
the total output of the project over the next 20 years.
The Company has also executed two agreements for the
power generated by this facility, one with the San Diego Gas & Electric
company, which will receive the power generated by 100 MW over the next 20
years, and another with the City of Santa Clara’s Silicon Valley Power, which
will receive the energy produced by 50 MW over the same period.
IBERDROLA has also started work on the 189 MW
Manzana wind power project in California, another key renewables
initiative in the US, which is located near the town of Rosamond in California.
IBERDROLA is the second largest wind power company in the
country by installed capacity with over 5,200 MW. The Company is present in 18
states and has been the fastest growing wind energy company over the last three
years, having started up a total of 732 MW in 2011.
IBERDROLA recent spent 136 million euro on R&D in 2011, 4.6 percent more than in 2010. Funds were
used to carry out over 150 projects aimed at tackling emerging energy