Iberdrola selects DNV GL to monitor Europe’s largest solar plant


Spanish utility Iberdrola has selected DNV GL to monitor the energy company’s Nunez de Balbao solar energy project.

The 500MW plant is the largest solar project under construction in Europe, according to a statement.

The project is located in Usagre, Badajoz and is expected to supply clean energy to 250.000 people and prevent the emission of 215 000 tons of CO2 per year.

DNV GL will provide its GreenPowerMonitor SCADA solution to manage the plant and to control each device of the solar plant individually, execute every type of command and extract energy production data in real-time.

The solar plant is expected to be operational in the first quarter of 2020

Nuñéz de Balboa will cover a surface of nearly 1000 hectares and its construction has reached a record figure of more than 1200 jobs, 70% of which are local workers from Extremadura.

“Participating in the first photovoltaic macro project of Iberdrola in Spain is a responsible act. The Núñez de Balboa solar project will help in moving forward the energy transition for a greener future; in such a context, digitalisation will be the key factor for the right development of renewable assets. It is a privilege for us that Iberdrola opted for solar energy in Spain,” said Juan Carlos Arévalo, CEO of GreenPowerMonitor.