Spain's Iberdrola eyes Europe’s largest solar farm, 2 GW floating solar, hybrid energy park, and more

Spain's Iberdrola eyes Europe’s largest solar farm, 2 GW floating solar, hybrid energy park, and more
A solar thermal power electric power plant in Sanlucar La Mayor on February 13 2008 The plant works by using sunlight to generate heat To generate this intense heat arrays of reflective mirrors are used to concentrate sunlight onto a central receiver which uses the collected heat to produce steam to power an engine to generate electricity which can be distributed through the electricity grid It is the largest solar plant in Europe capable of producing 11megawatts of electricityAFP PHOTOCRISTINA QUICLER Photo credit should read CRISTINA QUICLERAFPGetty Images
Published: 9 June 2019 - 10:46 a.m.
By: Baset Asaba
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.

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