The President of Navarre, María Chivite, receives Mario Ruiz-Tagle, CEO of Iberdrola España
- Iberdrola's activity in the region generates a socio-economic impact of more than 348 million euros.
From left to right: Mario Ruiz-Tagle, CEO of Iberdrola España; María Chivite, President of Navarre, and Eduardo Ryan, Iberdrola's delegate in Navarre.
The President of Navarre, María Chivite, met this morning in Pamplona with the CEO of Iberdrola España, Mario Ruiz-Tagle, who reaffirmed the company's commitment to the region, where last year it had an economic impact of more than €348 million generated by the company's activity.
In this regard, it should be noted that Iberdrola continued to act as one of the driving forces of the economy of Navarre, with payments of €264 million to more than 80 suppliers in Navarre and investments of close to €39 million. Iberdrola's tax impact in the Comunidad Foral was €37 million in 2021.
Ruiz-Tagle presented to María Chivite the projects that the company currently has in the Autonomous Community of Navarre to continue growing both in the deployment of renewable projects and in electric mobility and self-consumption, as well as in smart grids to continue accelerating the energy transition and achieve a progressive decarbonisation of the different sectors of the economy. He also referred to the information campaign to help customers reduce their energy consumption while maintaining comfort in their homes.
The CEO of Iberdrola España also spoke with the President of the Government of Navarre the current energy price crisis and the need to have an incentive and stable regulation for the installation of renewables which, being an indigenous energy source, will reduce dependence on third parties for energy supply.
In Navarra, i-DE manages more than 8,000 km of low and medium voltage lines and more than 1,700 km of high and very high voltage lines. It also has 3,648 transformation centers in service and 87 substations. The company maintains a level of service quality in the Autonomous Community of Navarre that is above the national average, with the best value at the end of the year in its history.
NAVARRA TO HOST Europe's first wind turbine blade recycling plant
EnergyLOOP, a company promoted by Iberdrola, through its PERSEO programEnlace externo, se abre en ventana nueva. , and FCC Ámbito, a subsidiary of FCC Servicios Medio Ambiente, will build its innovative wind turbine blade recycling plantExternal link, opens in new window. in Spain in the municipality of Cortes, Navarre.
La Ribera Navarra will thus be the place chosen to lead the recycling of wind farm components, one of the biggest challenges in the medium and long term for the sector. This initiative will also contribute to the energy transition and boost the circular economy in Spain.
This is a pioneering facility in the recycling of wind turbine blades, mainly made up of composites (glass and carbon fibers and resins), for the recovery of these materials as secondary raw materials in different sectors such as energy, aerospace, automotive, textile, chemical and construction industries.
The plant's location is strategic due to its proximity to some of the country's leading wind farms and its good communication with other regions with abundant wind energy facilities, and to the support of the Government of Navarre and the public company Sodena, which have demonstrated their interest in this strategic activity that positions the region as a reference in the renewable energy sector. Construction is scheduled to start in autumm 2023 and the plant is expected to be operational in 2024.
A NEW ENERGY LANDSCAPE THAT FIXES POPULATION IN RURAL ENVIRONMENTS
Iberdrola promotes renewable energies as a driver of rural development and in this way, villages emerge as a guarantee for the future. In 2020, Iberdrola started operating the CAVAR wind powerExternal link, opens in new window. complex in Navarra, the first large installation of this type in Spain after the health crisis, with 111 megawatts (MW) of installed capacity. The project, promoted together with Caja Rural de Navarra, consists of four wind farms and 32 SG 3.4-132 generators, located in the Navarre municipalities of Cadreita and Valtierra. Its construction and commissioning required an investment of over EUR 100 million and has green finance from the European Investment Bank (EIB). The facility produces clean energy equivalent to the average annual consumption of 45,000 households - 25% of Pamplona's population - and thus avoids the emission of 84,000 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere each year.
In Navarra, Iberdrola has just obtained the green light for the installation of 370 MW of photovoltaic power in Peralta, declared of Foral Interest, with an investment of €240 million and whose construction will involve more than 800 workers.
This new solar energy production facility will generate enough clean energy to supply 163,000 homes per year and will prevent the emission of 77,000 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere per year. The construction of this photovoltaic plant, with more than 686,000 modules, will have an important local component. Specifically, the company INGETEAM will be in charge of manufacturing at its Sesma plant in Navarra.