Spain's Repsol has started generating wind power from its Delta project in the northern region of Aragon, kicking off the race to put 800 megawatts of renewables capacity into operation by next year.

Repsol said on Thursday its Delta wind farm — which is comprised of 89 turbines with an installed capacity of 335MW — has started supplying power to the grid.

The construction and commissioning of this facility was completed in under a year and required an investment of €300 million ($345 million).

It is expected the project — which will initially operate on a trial basis — will enter into commercial operation at the end of the year, according to Repsol.

Net-zero ambitions

The project is part of the Spanish player’s strategy to become a net zero emissions player by 2050 in accordance with the Paris Agreement on climate change action.

This year Repsol also started the construction of the 126MW Kappa photovoltaic park in the region of Manzanares, Spain, where it made an investment of €100 million.

The company also broke ground on the 264MW Valdesolar solar project in the municipality of Valdecaballeros, where it invested €200 million.

Together, these three projects — Delta, Kappa and Valdesolar — represent a total investment of €600 million and will constitute almost 800MW in operation by 2021, Repsol said.

The capacity will add to the 2.9 gigawatts-worth of wind and solar PV projects Repsol already operates on the Iberian Peninsula. The company said it also has another close to 2GW in the pipeline in different stages of development.


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International growth

Part of its growth plans in the renewables sector, however, is also a push for international expansion.

The company inked a deal with Madrid-based renewable energy player Grupo Ibereolica to build projects in Chile under a 50:50 joint venture partnership.

Ibereolica has a pipeline of projects in operation, construction, and in advanced stages of development totaling 1.6GW expected to be commissioned by 2025.

In addition, another 1GW worth of wind and solar projects, mainly located mainly in the northern regions of Antofagasta and Atacama, are planned by 2030.