Iberdrola to build 400 MW new PV plants in Extremadura

Nuñez de Balboa

Spanish solar project developer Iberdrola will build PV plants in Extremadura, Spain, with an installed capacity of more than 400 MW. Two of the projects, the »Majada Alta« and »Santa Antonio« photovoltaic plants, of 50 MW each, will be built in the municipality of Cedillo in Cáceres. The company also has a photovoltaic plant with a capacity of more than 300 MW in the same area, with access to the grid.
The two Cedillo plants, already presented to the Extremaduran Regional Government, will comprise 300,000 photovoltaic panels, and the construction phase could mean work for 200 people. It is scheduled to be commissioned in 2020.
Iberdrola foresees that another of its projects in the region, the Campo Arañuelo complex (Arañuelo I, II and III of 150 MW) will be the next to commence construction at the beginning of 2020. Its development - which could create another 200 jobs during construction - has a high local involvement since the engineering and environmental work has been awarded to the Extremaduran company Ecoenergías del Guadiana and the power transformers will be supplied by Faramax. The project also includes an energy storage system involving the use of an innovative battery.
In Extremadura, Iberdrola is building the Núñez de Balboa PV plant 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. This brings the company's photovoltaic plants under construction or in the pipeline in the region to 1,800 MW.
In Spain, projects under construction or in the pipeline, both wind power and photovoltaic, amount to over 2,500 MW - representing more than 80 percent of the installed capacity forecast by the company for 2022 - in regions like Extremadura, Castille-La Mancha, Navarre, Aragon, Andalusia, Murcia and Cantabria.
Iberdrola's plan to invest in renewable energies in Spain includes the installation of 3,000 MW by 2022. By 2030, company forecasts installations of 10,000 MW. These actions will enable jobs to be created for 20,000 people. The company’s in Spain currently installed renewable energies capacity is reaching 15,828 MW (over 30,300 MW worldwide). Iberdrola's commitment to a decarbonised economic model has led it to earmark €34 billion ($37.5 billion) for global investments between now and 2022 in renewable energies, distribution networks, and storage technologies, all on top of the €100 billion it has already invested since 2001.

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