Enel Green Power (EGP), the renewable subsidiary of Italian energy company Enel, has secured 80MW of onshore wind capacity in Italy’s first renewable energy tender.

The tender has been conducted by state-owned energy service firm GSE (Gestore Servizi Energetici).

EGP has been awarded three new wind projects with a combined capacity of 60MW in Sicily, Molise and Campania.

Additionally, the company has secured 20MW capacity for the repowering of the four existing wind facilities in Molise, Sardinia, Piedmont and Tuscany.

Construction of new wind facilities to begin in 2020

Construction of the three new wind farms is expected to commence this year and these facilities are expected to come online in 2021.

Enel stated that the repowering work will be executed between 2020 and 2021.

Enel Green Power CEO Antonio Cammisecra said: “With this award we confirm our dedication to the growth of renewables in Italy, a key country for our business and for our commitment in the energy transition towards a more sustainable electricity generation model.

“The investments in the development of new renewable capacity will contribute to the decarbonization objectives of the Group and the country, supporting the progressive replacement of fossil sources with those with zero emissions.”

Enel further stated that it took part in the 500MW tender for new wind and solar projects in addition to the 60MW tender for refurbishment works of hydro and wind plants with a capacity of more than 1MW.

The company said that developing new capacity and upgrading existing plants in Italy are part of the group’s aim to the growth of renewables and decarbonisation for the next three years.

This will involve the construction of 700MW of new renewable capacity in the country and a pipeline of nearly 1.3GW that can become operational during the same period.

EGP operates over 14 GW renewable capacity in Italy, which is equal to nearly half of the Group’s managed capacity in the country.

In 2019, the company added around 3,029MW of new renewable capacity all over the world.