Iberdrola has raised its commitment to clean energy in Spain with more than 400 MW of new photovoltaics, which the company will launch in Extremadura, Western Spain.

Two of the projects, the Majada Alta and Santa Antonio photovoltaic plants, each with a 50 MW capacity, will be developed in the municipality of Cedillo.

Iberdrola also plans to install a further 300 MW capacity with access to the network, including the two Cedillo plants, already submitted for processing before the Junta de Extremadura. The plants will be made up of 300,000 photovoltaic panels and up to 200 workers could participate in the construction process.

Iberdrola expects that another of its projects in the region, the Campo Arañuelo complex (Arañuelo I, II and III of 150 MW) will be next to begin construction, in early 2020.

Its development could generate another 200 jobs during the construction phase and demonstrates a high local component, since the engineering and environmental work have been entrusted to the Extremaduran company, Ecoenergías del Guadiana and the power transformers will be supplied by Faramax. The project also includes an energy storage system, using installed batteries.

Currently Iberdrola has 1,800 MW of solar PV projects in Extremadura in the processing or construction phases. Núñez de Balboa – the largest in Europe in execution phase, Francisco Pizarro (590 MW), located in Torrecillas de la Tiesa, together with Cedillo’s projects; Ceclavín (328 MW), in Alcántara; and Arenales (150 MW), in Cáceres, in addition to Campo Arañuelo I, II and III (150 MW), in the Almaraz region.

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Iberdrola’s renewable energy investment plan in Spain provides for the installation of 3,000 MW of new capacity by 2022 and 10,000 MW by 2030.