May 10 (Renewables Now) - The government of the Spanish region of Navarre signed on Thursday a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Iberdrola Renovables Energia SAU and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA (BME:SGRE), seeking to study the feasibility of the thermal energy storage technology on its territory.
The objective of the MoU is to carry out a preliminary feasibility analysis for the construction and operation of a prototype of large-scale energy storage that will make the most of Navarre’s renewable energy capacity.
According to the 2030 Energy Plan, Navarre has identified 50 new areas with the potential to add between 1,286 MW and 1,900 MW of combined wind capacity in the future.
The MoU comes on the heels of the regional government passing a new decree aiming to relax the administrative process for wind farm installations. This same week, the Navarre government also approved the construction of the 111-MW Cavar wind farm complex.