03 APR 2023

We are working with the Alcántara town council to install a solar community in the municipality

  • The installation will allow the inhabitants of the town to benefit from a rebate on their energy bills and reduce their energy consumption

    The agreement was signed by the mayoress of Alcántara, Mónica Grados, and the head of Iberdrola Renovables in Extremadura, Nicolás Antón


The mayor of Alcántara, Mónica Grados, and the head of Iberdrola Renovables in Extremadura, Nicolás Antón, during the meeting.


Iberdrola has signed a protocol with the Alcántara town council to establish the basis for the installation of shared self-consumption in the municipality. Both parties will work together to find the best option for the inhabitants of Alcántara, who will be able to benefit from a rebate on their energy consumption. 

To this end, the Alcántara Town Council will cede the roofs and land that are suitable for the implementation of photovoltaic installations, provided that they are viable from the point of view of heritage, as Alcántara is a Historic-Artistic Site.

For its part, Iberdrola is committed to designing and executing an installation that will make it possible to reduce the energy consumption of the inhabitants of Alcántara who wish to join the initiative.

The agreement to carry out this project was signed by the mayor of Alcántara, Mónica Grados, and the head of Iberdrola Renovables in Extremadura, Nicolás Antón.

Steps towards energy transition

Iberdrola, in its commitment to spearheading the energy transition, is backing the installation of solar communities as a solution to enable citizens to benefit from renewable self-consumption without the need to have a roof on their homes and thus reduce their energy bills.  

In Extremadura, Iberdrola will soon start up its first solar community for an entire village in Cedillo. The photovoltaic panels installed by the company on the roofs of various municipal buildings will save up to half of the energy consumed annually in the municipality.

Among the objectives of these initiatives is to generate clean, zero-kilometre energy, as well as to save on energy bills and also to stop the depopulation of the municipalities where they are installed by attracting industry.

Alcántara, a leading role 

Following the start-up of several projects in recent years in Extremadura, including the Núñez de BalboaExternal link, opens in new window.  (500 MW) and Francisco PizarroExternal link, opens in new window.  (590 MW) photovoltaic plants, and the first photovoltaic plant in Spain with a battery, the 43 MW Campo Arañuelo IIIExternal link, opens in new window. , Iberdrola is now building the Tagus I, II, III and IV photovoltaic plant complex, located in Alcántara. 

When they come into operation, the four plants will add a total of 200 megawatts (MW) to the grid, an output that will serve to supply clean energy to some 100,000 homes. The project's investment will be around €120 million and its implementation will have a stimulating effect on the industrial fabric and local employment, with the involvement of more than 600 professionals from nearby towns at peak construction times.

In addition, the company has recently received environmental approval to develop a new photovoltaic plant at this complex, which will add nearly 400 MW more to the grid.

Also in Alcántara, Iberdrola will have a second hydroelectric power plant to generate electricity parallel to the current one. With a budget of €102.6 million, 'José María Oriol II' will have 400 MW of power, as well as its corresponding evacuation infrastructure.

Extremadura, a spearhead

Extremadura is one of Europe's richest regions in terms of natural resources and a key location for the development of solar energy. The region has become the spearhead of Iberdrola's commitment to promoting renewables in Spain. 

In the 2020-2025 period alone, Iberdrola will have installed more than 2,800 MW of renewable energy in the region, with an investment of more than €1.7 billion and the creation of some 7,400 jobs over the five-year period.

The company's investment plan foresees the installation of 10,000 new MW in the country until 2030. A development in which the Extremadura region is playing a key role.