SOLAR POWER PLANTS IN CASTILE-LA MANCHA

Castile-La Mancha, an important pillar of Iberdrola España for solar energy production

Spread between the provinces of Toledo, Cuenca and Ciudad Real, the eleven photovoltaic plants that Iberdrola España has in Castile-La Mancha have a combined installed capacity of 528 MW, enough to cover the needs of thousands of families. This region is also home to Europe's largest green hydrogen plant for industrial use, the Puertollano plant, which is integrated with a solar plant that supplies it with energy.

Barcience solar power plant, in Toledo.

Solar power plants in Castile-La Mancha

Number of solar power plants 11
Total installed capacity 528 MW
Number of households benefited 264.000
Year of first installation 2021

Iberdrola España's deployment of solar installations in the region is part of its commitment to the fight against climate change and its commitment to solar radiation as a key energy source for the transition to sustainable development.

Solar plants in Ciudad Real

Ciudad Real is the province of La Mancha that receives the most sunlight per year, and it is also the province with the largest Iberdrola España solar plant in the entire autonomous community: it has a capacity of 100 MW and forms part of a major project of the company.

Puertollano solar power plant

With a capacity of 100 MW, the Puertollano photovoltaic plant is capable of supplying 50,000 families and avoids the emission of 30,000 tonnes of CO2 per year. It is part of a pioneering project that Iberdrola España has developed in collaboration with Fertiberia: the energy generated by the power plant goes to a plant that produces green H2, which is in turn used as a raw material to produce fertilisers in one of its factories. In 2022, it became the largest green hydrogen production plant for industrial use in Europe.

As solar radiation is an intermittent source of energy, another particularity of this photovoltaic plant is that it has a battery system that stores surplus energy so that the production of green H2 does not stop at night or when there is no sun. These are lithium-ion batteries with a storage capacity of 20 MWh.

The total investment for this project was €150 million, and the construction involved 1,000 workers and some 80 local companies.

Solar power plants in Toledo

The sunny province of Toledo is an ideal province for the installation of photovoltaic plants. Iberdrola España has two in particular: the Barcience solar plant and the Hípica Almenara plant.

Barcience solar power plant

Located in the municipality of Bargas, the Barcience solar plant was Iberdrola España's first in the region. It was commissioned in 2021 and involved 250 workers in its construction, as well as a large number of national suppliers. In this way, the €34 million that Iberdrola España earmarked for the facility helped to give a boost to the local economy.

With an installed capacity of 50 MW, the plant produces enough clean energy to cover the needs of 25,000 families per year and avoids the emission of 15,000 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere.

 

Solar power plants in Cuenca

Cuenca has five Iberdrola España solar plants which, with a combined capacity of 248,35 MW, not only contribute to reducing CO2 emissions, but have also boosted the industrial fabric of the province, creating green jobs in cutting-edge projects.

Romeral and Olmedilla solar power plants

In 2022, Iberdrola España commissioned two solar plants in the province of Cuenca: the Romeral solar plant and the Olmedilla solar plant. Both are located between the Cuenca towns of Alarcón and Olmedilla de Alarcón, although the Olmedilla plant also extends into the municipality of Valdeverdejo.

With an installed capacity of 50 MW each, together they are capable of supplying 50,000 households. The Romeral and Olmedilla plants avoid the emission of 15,000 and 18,000 tonnes of CO2 per year, respectively, and together they have nearly 300,000 panels. With their installation, Iberdrola España generated a total of 320 green jobs.

Solar plants of Salinas I, Salinas II and Salinas III

Located in the municipalities of Huelves, Barajas de Melo and Tarancón, the Salinas I, Salinas II and Salinas III photovoltaic plants promote the use of solar energy in the province of Cuenca. The three plants have an installed capacity of almost 150 MW, with 49.46 MW in each installation.

Solar plants in Guadalajara

Iberdrola España has three recently built photovoltaic plants in Guadalajara: Valbuena (49.5 MW), Manantiales I (30 MW) and Fuentes Alcarria (50 MW). Thus, the solar facilities have a total installed capacity of around 130 MW

Valbuena and Manantiales I solar power plants

The photovoltaic plants Valbuena and Manantiales I are located in Almadrones (Guadalajara) and have an installed capacity of 49.5 MW and 30 MW respectively. In the case of Valbuena, the solar plant has 88,000 photovoltaic modules, while Manantiales I has 53,000 modules. 

The new solar plants generate clean energy capable of supplying some 45,200 households per year and prevent the emission of 20,000 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere annually

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