21 JUN 2023

Iberdrola España creates Spain's first solar city

  • The 10 solar communities, located in different parts of the city of Cáceres, allow any resident to access self-consumption without investment. 
  • The company's objective is to extend this model to all cities in Spain.

After creating the first solar village in SpainEnlace externo, se abre en ventana nueva. , Iberdrola España has made Cáceres the first city to offer all its inhabitants the possibility of accessing self-consumptionEnlace externo, se abre en ventana nueva.  without the need for their own infrastructure or investment. Thanks to this initiative, all residents will be able to enjoy savings of up to 40% in electricity consumption.

In total, Iberdrola España has installed 10 solar communitiesEnlace externo, se abre en ventana nueva.  with a combined capacity of 1,100 kW on the roofs of different buildings located in different parts of the city, which will prevent the emission of around 9,000 tonnes of CO2 . Residents will be able to choose which solar community to join as long as it is less than 2 km away from the Solar Community.

Iberdrola España has assumed the total investment for the assembly and management of the different collective self-consumption systems, while the owners of the buildings, such as schools, mortuaries, shops and industrial warehouses, among others, have ceded their roofs to facilitate the consumption of 100% renewable and local energy for all the residents of the city of Cáceres. 

The initiative aims to make Cáceres an example of sustainability and give all its inhabitants access to distributed energy generation, regardless of the type of home they live in - whether or not it has a roof or is a protected historic building - and of their investment capacity. 

In this way, Iberdrola España becomes a facilitating agent, linking the roofs available in the cities with the neighbours living in their vicinity, inviting them to take part in the energy transition in a digital and simple way without the need to agree among themselves.

Neighbours who decide to join a Solar Community will do so without permanence, with guaranteed savings and will enjoy the same advantages as any other self-consumer.

Iberdrola España objective is to extend this pilot model in Cáceres to all cities in Spain so that any resident can have access to a Solar Community, especially the two thirds of the population living in high-rise buildings in the country. 

Promotion of self-consumption

As part of its commitment to accelerating the energy transitionEnlace externo, se abre en ventana nueva.  and developing new products to improve efficiency and energy savings, Iberdrola España leads the photovoltaic self-consumption market in Spain, managing 40% of the country's self-consumption customers.

In 2015, the company became the first company in its sector to integrate self-consumption solutions into its range of services, and since 2019 it has been offering collective self-consumption solutions, activating the first Owners' Community in Spain in 2020.

The company has consolidated its position as the company of reference and, through Smart SolarEnlace externo, se abre en ventana nueva.  offers a solution for every type of customer, whether they live in a single-family home or in a building, and even for those who cannot install solar panels on their roof by subscribing to a Solar Community.