Iberdrola has been given complete environmental certification by the government to proceed with the construction of a 274 megawatt (MW) wind farm in the Vila Real and Braga districts. The wind farm will generate sufficient electricity to power 128,000 dwellings. The next stage, according to the company, is to apply to the General Directorate of Energy and Geology (DGEG) for a production licence.

As stated by the company, “Iberdrola obtained final environmental approval from the Portuguese Government for the construction of the largest wind farm in the country. The company thus takes another step in its expansion across the country, driving the transition to an economic model based on decarbonisation through renewable energy and independence from fossil fuels”.

The Alto Tâmega Hydroelectric Plant, the Gouvães Pumped Storage Plant, and the Daivões Plant comprise the Tâmega Electric Production System (SET), which has a total investment of more than 1,500 million euros. The project was designed to take advantage of the injection point into the electricity grid already built in SET.

As the company explained, “The incorporation of wind energy into the Tâmega electrical production system increases its contribution of clean, accessible and competitive energy to the electrical system, guaranteeing the supply of the maximum amount of green energy originally authorized for each project, for as long as possible”.

The company, which made a profit of 2,760 million euros in the first quarter of this year, which is 86 percent more than in the same period, last year, aims to start construction in 2025.