Iberdrola has obtained the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the construction of a new 375 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic project in the Cáceres town of Cedillo.
This new plant will have sufficient capacity to supply 178,000 homes with clean energy, more than the population of a city like Badajoz, and will avoid the emission of 77,000 tons of CO2 per year, according to the energy company in a press release.
Specifically, the facility will have more than 576,000 bifacial photovoltaic modules that allow greater production, as it has two light-sensitive surfaces, so it will be able to produce more than 582,400 megawatt hours (MWh) per year of indigenous green energy.
The company calculates that this production would have required more than 97 million cubic meters of gas to be generated by a combined cycle.
It also adds that its construction will be a "boost for the supply chain" related to the energy transition with the participation of local suppliers such as Faramax, from Malpartida de Plasencia, which will provide the transformers, while the towers of the evacuation power line will be from Imedexa, from Casar de Cáceres.
Iberdrola indicates that the works will also contribute to job creation, with the generation of up to 800 jobs during peak periods, and points out that the environmental studies have been carried out by Ecoenergías del Guadiana, also from Extremadura.
The energy produced by the plant will be evacuated through an encapsulated substation that also serves two other photovoltaic installations with a combined capacity of 100 MW and a hydroelectric plant of almost 500 MW located in the same municipality.
It explains that this substation has been "an important technological and logistical challenge" with the aim of "guaranteeing the minimum environmental impact" in the surroundings of the Tagus International Natural Park, a protected area between Spain and Portugal.
Manufactured in Italy and transported in containers weighing more than 50 tons, this infrastructure occupies only 300 square meters, compared to the 10,000 cubic meters of land usually required for facilities of this type.
This project will be located in a communal farm owned by a large part of the local residents, who will be able to continue with their livestock activity in the same space, so Iberdrola considers that this municipality is "an example of the contribution of renewable energies to the sustainable development of rural areas".
In this sense, Iberdrola has advanced that it plans to launch in this municipality the first solar community in Spain for an entire village, so that thanks to this initiative, "all the inhabitants of this town will enjoy a saving of 50 percent in the energy bill of their electricity consumption."
To this end, the company will install small photovoltaic plants with a combined power of 340 kilowatts (kW) on the roofs of municipal facilities and on land ceded by the Cedillo Town Council, in a project in which Iberdrola will assume the total investment for the assembly and management of this collective self-consumption system, which will be put into operation at the beginning of 2023.