ACCIONA Energía, world leader in renewable energy, celebrates safety milestones at five operational locations in North America. The safety, health, and well-being of all employees, partners, and local communities are essential practices for ACCIONA Energía. This focus allows the company to achieve these milestones, always aiming towards the goal of zero incidents.
“ACCIONA Energía’s primary principle is the safety of our people and the communities in which we operate” said Joaquin Castillo, CEO of ACCIONA Energía North America. “We are proud of our longstanding practice of bringing safe and sustainable energy from our solar and wind facilities.” said Castillo.
This summer, five facilities from ACCIONA Energía reached notable safety milestones: The EcoGrove Wind Farm in Lena, Ill. and Velva Wind Farm in Velva, N.D. reached 13 years without a recordable injury. The Nevada Solar One Concentrated Solar Plant located in Boulder City, Nev. reached seven years without a recordable injury. The Pioneer Grove Wind Farm in Cedar County, Iowa, and the Dempsey Ridge Wind Farm in Cheyenne, Ok. reached six and five years respectively with zero recordable injuries.
“Safe work does not happen on its own,” said Karl Delooff, Director of Quality Safety and Environment of ACCIONA Energía in North America. “We work with high voltage electricity in the air and on the ground and there is nothing more important than ensuring that our people return home every day.”
ACCIONA Energía carries out its safety and health policy through an Integrated Management System, which is certified under the international standard ISO 45001 and applied in all the countries in which the company is active.
“These milestones are a testament of the work done by our teams to embrace our safety-first culture” added Krys Rootham, Vice President of Operations. From the beginning stages of Engineering & Construction through the entire Operations & Maintenance life cycle, a strong safety culture and lessons learned is paramount to our success.”
ACCIONA Energía owns and operates 10 wind farms in the United States, totaling more than 1GW of wind capacity and the 64MW Nevada Solar One Concentrated Solar Power facility. The company also has a portfolio of four solar plants under development that will increase the capacity of solar and wind production to more than 2GW.