11 AUG 2023

Iberdrola España starts the commissioning process of Llanos Pelaos III, its first photovoltaic plant in the Canaries

  • Located in Fuerteventura, it has 7 MW and will supply 4,000 homes with clean energy, equivalent to a town like Valle del Gran Rey.
  • The project has involved an investment of €7 million and has generated 35 jobs during peak periods.

Iberdrola España reinforces its commitment to the renewable energy market in the Canary Islands with the start-up of its first photovoltaicEnlace externo, se abre en ventana nueva.  plant in the Canary Islands. Specifically, the Llanos Pelaos III project is located in Puerto del Rosario (Fuerteventura), and has 7 MW, enough capacity to supply 4,000 homes with clean energy, which is equivalent to a town like Valle del Gran Rey, in La Gomera.  

The installation, which is connected to the distribution grid, consists of 12,700 tracker modules. This system maximises energy collection by allowing the modules to move along the path of the sun. The modules will jointly produce renewable electricity that will prevent the emission of 7,000 tonnes of C02 per year into the atmosphere.
Llanos Pelaos III has been developed together with the companies IASOL and Energy Projects and Investment Capital, which have a minority shareholding. The project, built with local companies and suppliers, has involved an investment of €7 million and has generated 35 jobs during peak periods, contributing to the revitalisation of the industrial fabric. 

The project is part of a 16 MW complex comprising four solar installations: Llanos Pelaos I, II and III and Blanca Solar, which Iberdrola is also developing on the island of Fuerteventura. When they are in operation, together they will be able to produce green, indigenous energy to supply more than 17,000 homes, which will cover the needs of a population the same size as that of Rosario (Tenerife).

Biodiversity protection

Iberdrola España has taken various measures to protect the environment and biodiversity during the planning and development of the photovoltaic park, which will continue during its commissioning. 

The company has built shelters for insects, reptiles and micro-mammals, such as rodents, hares, rabbits and bats, among others. It has also placed nesting boxes and perches for birds. 

Commitment to the Canary Islands 

Iberdrola España, with its activity in the Canary Islands, generated an economic impact of €91 million in 2022. In addition to the four photovoltaic plants of Llanos Pelaos and Blanca Solar, the company promotes the photovoltaic facilities of Cerro Gordo I (5 MW) and II (1.5 MW) and La Estrella (5 MW).

In wind power, the company has been operating the Chimiche wind farm External link, opens in new window. on the islands of Tenerife since 2019. With a capacity of 18 MW and an investment of more than €25 million, the project generated more than 200 jobs during its construction and already supplies clean energy to a population equivalent of 15,000 homes, avoiding the emission of 33,000 tonnes of CO2 per year. Also in Tenerife, Iberdrola España is developing the Vallito (13 MW) and Tarajales (10 MW) wind farms, which are currently at an advanced stage of processing.