Spanish utility company Iberdrola is planning to construct the largest solar farm in Europe, a €300 million ($337 million), 590 megawatt project in Extremadura, the company has announced.
Francisco Pizarro, which is now being processed by the Ministry for the Ecological Transition, will occupy a 1,300-hectare site falling within Caceres’ municipal areas of Torrecillas de la Tiesa and Aldeacentenera.
During the construction phase and until the plant is commissioned in 2022, up to 1,000 people will be employed on the site. It will be larger than the Núñez de Balboa photovoltaic plant that Iberdrola is building in Usagre (Badajoz) which, with 500 MW, is so far the biggest in Europe.
Iberdrola said the project will supply enough energy for 375,000 people annually. The company is aiming to construct 3,000 MW of renewables in Spain by 2022.