The secretary of State for Energy of the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge (MITECO) Sara Aagesen has announced the investment of 470 million euros for the development of sustainable energy projects in the Canary Islands during her visit to the onshore facilities of the Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN), accompanied by the minister of Ecological Transition, Fight against Climate Change and Territorial Planning of the Government of the Canary Islands, José Antonio Valbuena and by the director of PLOCAN, José Joaquín Hernández Brito.
During the event, and in the presence of the general director of IDEA, Joan Groizard Payeras; the deputy delegate of the Government, Teresa Mayans; the general director of Energy, Rosana Melián Domínguez; the deputy Minister of Ecological Transition, Fight against Climate Change and Territorial Planning of the Government of the Canary Islands, Miguel Ángel Pérez Hernández; and the director of the Canary Islands Agency for Research, Innovation and Information Society, (ACIISI) Carlos Navarro Martínez; the secretary of State for Energy has also announced the release to public information of the proposed Roadmap for Offshore Wind and Marine Energies.
Aagesen has pointed out one of the 20 measures of the Roadmap, the early development of the deployment of offshore wind energy in the Canary Islands to take advantage of its excellent wind resource and its outstanding facilities, highlighting the Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands.
“The Roadmap has four objectives: to establish Spain as an international R&D pole, for which 200 million public funds will be enabled until 2023; to be the benchmark in industrial capacities, generating quality employment; to establish sustainability as the central pillar of the development of inland waters renewable energies, thanks to the recent Maritime Spatial Planning Plans, now in public information; and to deploy the facilities in an orderly manner, with clear, stable and predictable regulation ”, Aagesen pointed out.
The director of PLOCAN has presented the Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands as a multipurpose infrastructure to accelerate, among others, the development of technologies for offshore wind energy. He has also underlined the suitability of the Canary Islands to become a benchmark test site for offshore renewable energies, working towards the goal of 100% sustainable islands and favoring that the benefits revert to Canarian society through job creation and wealth.