Iberdrola Commissions Ceclavín Solar Plant in Spain
To mark International Sun Day, which is observed to raise awareness of solar energy as a renewable energy source to drive the energy transition, in coexistence with biodiversity and the environment, Iberdrola has commissioned the 328-MW Ceclavín photovoltaic plant in Extremadura. The project is being commissioned following an investment of 250 million euros, which has given a significant boost to local employment. At peak times during the construction stage, more than 1,140 workers were employed on the project, 60 % of them from nearby towns and other places in Extremadura. The plant will supply energy to a population equivalent to 175,385 homes per year and prevent the release of 100,000 t CO2 per year.
Its green energy will supply clean electricity to the 9,000 points of supply in the Orange network, based on a long-term Power Purchase Agreement or PPA entered into with this telecommunications firm last year.
The commissioning of Ceclavín follows the start-up of projects including Núñez de Balboa, Campo de Arañuelo I and II in Extremadura, Azaila (Aragon, 50 MW), and Andévalo (Andalusia), all of which have been commissioned in recent months, bringing the company's total operating capacity in Spain to more than 1,000 MW. It is currently building a further 1,200 MW of photovoltaic capacity and has guaranteed 4,900 MW by 2025 in Spain and 9,900 MW globally. The photovoltaic plants under construction in Extremadura include the Francisco Pizarro, Arenales and other projects in Cedillo - a key region for its photovoltaic renewables strategy in the country.
In Spain, Iberdrola is the leader in the renewable sector with an installed capacity of 17,571 MW, which will increase to 25,000 MW with its investment plan for 2025.