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Portugal’s largest wind farm gets green light

The project, which will have a capacity of 274MW, will be integrated into a pumped-storage hydro complex in northern Portugal

Iberdrola has secured final environmental approval from the Portuguese Government to construct the country’s largest wind farm.

The new project, with a capacity of 274MW, will be integrated into the Tâmega pumped-storage hydro complex in northern Portugal.

This wind farm will be located in the municipalities of Vila Real and Braga and will utilise the existing grid connection of the Tâmega complex to enhance the contribution of clean energy.

The wind farm will support the annual energy consumption of approximately 128,000 homes, creating Portugal’s largest hybrid clean energy scheme.

By sharing the grid connection with the Tâmega hydro complex, the project aims to maximise green energy production for homes and businesses.

Iberdrola has obtained the second and final environmental permit, known as the Decision of Environmental Conformity of the Execution Project, from the Portuguese Environment Agency.

This approval confirms that the project meets all conditions outlined in the Environmental Impact Statement received in March 2023.

The next step for Iberdrola is to apply for a production licence from the Portuguese Directorate General of Energy and Geology, with the goal of beginning construction in early 2025.

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