Iberdrola plugs in Castilian solar farm on time after battling Storm Filomena

Barcience solar farm. Image by Iberdrola (www.iberdrola.com)

July 28 (Renewables Now) - Iberdrola SA (BME:IBE) said today that it has commissioned the 50-MW Barcience solar farm in Castile-La Mancha, its first in Spain’s central region.

The plant is located in Toledo province, specifically in the municipality of Bargas, where the Spanish utility put up 144,900 PV modules.

The construction of Barcience was caught up in Storm Filomena, which tore through the Iberian Peninsula earlier this year bringing heavy snowfall. Iberdrola said the freezing temperatures formed a layer of ice on the upper part of the solar farm, covering both the ground and the structures.

It took two rainstorms to melt the ice, but the project was nevertheless finalised on time, the utility relates.

Iberdrola operates 2,386 MW of renewables, mainly wind farms, in Castile-La Mancha. It said its first solar farm in the region will be followed by the 50-MW Romeral PV project, currently under construction, and the 50-MW Olmedilla solar development.

Iberdrola’s largest solar project in the Castilian pipeline is Puertollano, which beside a 100-MW PV plant will also feature battery storage and an electrolyser as part of the company's green hydrogen agreement with fertiliser producer Fertiberia.

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