Iberdrola plans to build 400MW of solar projects in Spain

WCN Editorial Team 18 Nov 2019 EUROPE ENERGY & UTILITIES

Spanish power firm Iberdrola has announced plans to build three solar plants in the Extremadura region of Spain, with a combined capacity of 400MW.

The firm plans to build two solar projects, named Majada Alta and Santa Antonio, with a power generation capacity of 50MW each, in the municipality of Cedillo in Caceres.

Featuring 300,000 panels, the two plants with grid access have already been submitted to the regional government of Extremadura, for approval.

Scheduled for commissioning in 2020, the two projects are expected to create 200 jobs during the construction phase.

Additionally, Iberdrola is planning to build up to 300MW facility, which has grid access, also in the Cedillo area.

The new projects will add to the company’s 1,800MW of solar projects, which are currently under construction or in pipeline in Extremadura.

By 2022, Iberdrola aims to have 3GW off installed renewable capacity in Spain. It also plans to add new 10,000MW of new renewable capacity by 2030.

The company also plans to commence construction on the Campo Arañuelo complex (Arañuelo I, II and III of 150MW) at the beginning of 2020.

Extremaduran company Ecoenergías del Guadiana will undertake the engineering and environmental work for the Campo Arañuelo complex while Faramax will supply power transformers.

Iberdrola said in a statement: “In Spain, projects under construction or in the pipeline, both wind power and photovoltaic, amount to over 2,500 MW -representing more than 80% of the installed capacity forecast by the company for 2022- in regions like Extremadura, Castille-La Mancha, Navarre, Aragon, Andalusia, Murcia and Cantabria.”

The Spanish firm said it is constructing what it claims to be Europe's largest solar PV park, the 590MW Francisco Pizarro complex.

The firm, in a statement, said: “In Extremadura, Iberdrola is building the Núñez de Balboa PV plant-the largest under construction in Europe-and has in the pipeline, together with the Cedillo projects, the photovoltaic plants Francisco Pizarro (590 MW), located in Torrecillas de la Tiesa; Ceclavín (328 MW), in Alcántara; and Arenales (150 MW), in Cáceres, as well as Campo Arañuelo I, II and III (150 MW), in the Almaraz administrative district.”

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Image: Iberdrola has 1,800MW of solar projects either in the development phase or under-construction in Extremadura. Photo: courtesy of Iberdrola, S.A.

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