Iberdrola Obtains Final Environmental Authorisation to Build
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Jun 17, 2024

Iberdrola Obtains Final Environmental Authorisation to Build Portugal's Largest Wind Farm

  • The infrastructure is part of the company' s Tamega hydroelectric complex in the neighbouring country.
  • It will have a capacity of 274 MW and will use the grid feed-in point already built with Tamega to increase the supply of clean energy.
  • This project will enable greater energy security by helping to achieve independence from fossil fuels and moving towards decarbonisation of the economy.

Iberdrola has obtained the latest environmental approval from the Portuguese government to build the country's largest wind farm. The company is thus taking a step forward in its expansion in the neighbouring country, promoting the transition towards an economic model based on decarbonisation through renewable energies and independence from fossil fuels, which will enable greater energy security and autonomy with clean and local production.

The new wind farm will have a capacity of 274 MW, equivalent to the consumption of 128,000 households, and will be built in the districts of Vila Real and Braga. It is the largest hybridisation project in the country, designed to take advantage of the grid injection point already built at the Tâmega hydroelectric complex, and the first to combine wind and hydro power.

Specifically, the company obtained the second and last favourable environmental permit for the Tâmega Eólico project. This is the so-called DCAPE ('Decisão da conformidade ambiental do projeto de execução' - Decision of Environmental Conformity of the Execution Project).

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This step involves the approval by the Portuguese environmental agency, APA (Agência Portuguesa do Ambiente) of the construction project, complying with all the conditions and measures included in the favourable Environmental Impact Statement that Iberdrola received in March 2023.

In this way, the energy company continues with the processing of the installation. The next step will be to apply for a production licence from the Portuguese Directorate-General for Energy and Geology. Iberdrola's objective is to obtain all permits and begin construction in early 2025.

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