DISA Renewable energy plan for islands

DISA Renovables’ say the company want a wind farm on each of the islands. CEO Santiago Rull announced last week that petroleum and gas giant DISA’s renewable energy subsidiary is already studying new infrastructure on Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote, with the objective on Tenerife “already fulfilled” by the new installation in Arico, on the southeast coast of Tenerife, where works have already begun and look set to continue despite resistance supported by the local town hall.

Rull emphasised that the Canary Islands should reach “one hundred percent” renewable energy in the future, although he points out that, right now, “we are the black sheep of Spain” explaining that the islands are the region with the lowest penetration for renewables in electricity generation, standing at only 8%. “We have to reach a hundred percent renewable energy; in countries like Uruguay there are days where total production is from renewables, it is not a chimera, it has already been achieved in those countries, why not do it in the Canaries? I ask.”

The CEO went on to explain that 15% penetration of green energies in the system will be reached in the medium term, with 20% possible soon afterwards given the right commitment. He added that “in the meantime” despite the rejection of institutions like the Cabildo of Gran Canaria, the “transitional” energy must be gas. In addition, Rull emphasised that gas contributes to reducing carbon dioxide emissions, in line with international guidelines.

The Arico Vera de Abote and Bermejo windfarms have come under fire recently from the local town hall, who have threatened legal action despite DISA insisting that they were given all the administrative green lights before committing to the investment of more than €30million.  Once completed these two wind farms will add 23.1 megawatts of power to the 14mw of photovoltaic solar power already in operation by the company throughout the Canary Islands Region.   That means the sum of photovoltaic solar energy generated by DISA and the one produced by these two wind farms will exceed 37.1 MW, which would be enough to cover the electricity demand of a municipality such as La Laguna (with 153,000 inhabitants).

The facility is to have 11 wind turbines producing up to 2.1 MW each, and each with a total height of 137 meters. The work is scheduled to take a year and a half, which means that this electricity generation facility could be feeding into the grid by December 2018.