Iberdrola finishes one solar farm in Spain, starts building two more

Nunez de Balboa solar park at sunset. Image by Iberdrola (www.iberdrola.com)

November 19 (Renewables Now) - Iberdrola SA (BME:IBE) said today that it is ready to commission a 150-MW solar farm in the Spanish region of Extremadura, and has just launched construction of two other PV projects in the same neighbourhood.

The Spanish utility said it had received the permit to start the commissioning process for the Arenales solar plant. Construction lasted seven and a half months, during which Iberdrola’s contractors put up over 391,500 solar modules on trackers, built a transformer and other infrastructure.

Arenales is located in Extremadura’s Caceres province, which is where Iberdrola’s team has just started building two solar farms totalling 80 MW, “despite the supply crisis”, the utility said.

One plant will have 50 MW, the other 30 MW, and both will have some of their metallic structures made of “green steel” manufactured by ArcelorMittal SA (AMS:MT), according to the company.

Iberdrola did not indicate when these solar farms would start operations.

Two months ago, Iberdrola commissioned the Aranuelo III solar-plus-storage plant in an Extremadura town, the first time the two technologies were merged in Spain. Aranuelo III, Arenales and other projects, including the 590-MW Francisco Pizarro, are part of a 728-MW solar pipeline that Iberdrola has prepared for Spain’s western region.

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