Enel built around 190MW more renewable energy capacity in 2019 than in 2018, a 6.5% increase. The milestone makes Enel the largest private renewable energy player at global level
Enel built 47 facilities of which the majority were wind (1,813 MW) and then solar (1,193 MW).
Around 1,072MW was built in Europe, mainly in Spain, 997MW in Latin America, mainly in Mexico, 867MW in North America, mainly in the US and around 94MW in Africa, Asia and Oceania, mainly in South Africa.
Renewable energy built by Enel in 2019 will generate 9.3TWh and avoid 5.85 million tons of carbon emissions per annum.
The 2019 milestone increases Enel’s total renewable energy capacity to 46GW.
Enel has reached the milestone owing to:
- The use of digital tools in designing and supervising of the various sites.
- Leveraging innovative approaches including testing robots to automatically install solar PV panels and cables.
- Using drones and state of the art solar tracking systems.
Antonio Cammisecra, CEO of Enel Green Power, said: “We have beaten our yearly renewable capacity construction record thanks to the relentless work and dedication of our colleagues around the world.
“This achievement sets a new benchmark for the whole sector, once again confirming our global leadership in the green energy business. Looking ahead, we will challenge ourselves with the aim to continuously set new records, in line with the Enel Group’s 2020-2022 Strategic Plan which envisages a yearly average new capacity addition of 4.7GW over the Plan period.”
The utility has set a goal of generating around 57% of its production from renewable sources in 2022. By adding 14.1 GW of renewable capacity to Enel will reach around 60GW renewable generation by 2022. The utility plans on being fully decarbonisde by 2050.