Iberdrola commissions Spain's first PV plant with a storage battery

Spanish utility Iberdrola SA has commissioned the »Arañuelo III« photovoltaic plant (40 MW), which is Spain's first photovoltaic project to feature a storage system, in this case a 3 MW battery with 9 MWh of storage capacity. It is located in the municipality of Romangordo (Cáceres, Extremadura) and is part of the Campo Arañuelo complex in the Almaraz district, consisting of the Arañuelo I, II and III photovoltaic plants with a total capacity of 143 MW. Iberdrola has invested €80 million ($94 million) to develop this facilities; a total of 500 workers were involved in the construction phase and almost all the field work and civil engineering was contracted out to local companies.
In Extremadura, Iberdrola operates renewable energy plants with a capacity of accumulated 3,200 MW, of which almost 1,200 MW are photovoltaic. In 2020, the company installed more than 1,500 MW PV plants in Spain, including the Núñez de Balboa, Campo de Arañuelo I and II and Ceclavín projects in Extremadura. The utility is currently building 1,700 MW of renewable capacity in Spain and has a portfolio of more than 17,000 MW on the Iberian Peninsula.

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