EHN, beyond the wind.
The construction of the El Perdón wind farm by EHN in 1994 represented a milestone as a result of the introduction of innovative measures that were later replicated in wind farms all over the world.
In the next few years the company continued its growth through the installation of new wind farms in Navarra, all the while innovating and seeking excellence. It also installed a biomass plant through wheat straw combustion at Sangüesa and a photovoltaic solar power plant near Tudela.
At the same time, it began a program of national and international expansion through its participation in Energías Eólicas Europeas (EEE). As an initial international venture, it participated with 50% of the capital of La Compagnie du Vent in France.
In late 2002, Iberdrola withdrew from the stockholding structure of EHN and both companies decided to develop their own independent business projects. This operation led to the creation, by Sodena, Caja Navarra and Cementos Portland, of Corporación EHN (CEHN). In July 2003, Acciona acquired 50% of the capital of CEHN, the other 50% remaining in the possession of Sodena and Caja Navarra.
The entry of Acciona was a decisive boost to the incipient international process being undertaken by EHN, one that required major additional financial resources.
Therefore, at the end of 2004 Sodena considered its initial objectives achieved (and clearly surpassed), and sold its stake in CEHN to Acciona. The company that emerged from this operation was named Acciona Energía.
An entire industrial sector linked to clean energies
Sodena promoted the creation of EHN and supported each and every one of the company’s initiatives as a partner for 15 years. This helped to make Navarra what it is today: an international benchmark, in the development of renewable energies, and EHN to consolidate itself as one of the leading companies in the world in the field.
It also favored the creation of a considerable industrial sector in our region linked to clean energies, the establishment of technical centers (CENER, CENIFER) and several other technological advanced that have consolidated Navarra as an international center of excellence in renewable energies.
Esteban Morrás Andrés
Former CEO, EHN
Former General Manager, Acciona Energía