Iberdrola building Europe’s two largest solar plants


Spanish multinational utility Iberdrola has filed a proposal with the Ministry for the Ecological Transition to build a 590MW solar photovoltaic plant.

If approved, the Francisco Pizarro project will be developed in Extremadura, for more than €300 million and will employ up to 1,000 people during construction.

The solar plant is expected to be operational in 2022 to power more than 375,000 people and will prevent the emission of 245,000 tons of carbon every year.

The system 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. 

The project is part of the utility’s plan to strengthen its clean energy generation by installing an additional 10,000MW and create 20,000 jobs by 2030.

Iberdrola has more than 2,000MW of renewables under construction and processing in Spain.

The utility is the biggest producer of wind energy in Spain, with installed power of 5,770 MW, while its total installed renewable capacity, including both wind and hydroelectric, is 15,790 MW. The company has a total of almost 30,000 MW installed capacity around the world.

The activities underway are part of the clean energies relaunch plan designed by Iberdrola in Spain, entailing an investment of 8 billion euros between 2018 and 2022 and commissioning 10,000 new MW until 2030.