20 NOV 2023

Iberdrola España connects its largest solar community in Alicante

  • The residents of the blocks of flats of El Palmeral, located in the capital of Alicante, have access to the clean energy generated by the photovoltaic systems on the roofs of their homes.
  • These installations allow them to benefit from the advantages of self-consumption without the need for their own installation or investment.

Solar community in Alicante

Iberdrola España has installed the company's largest solar community in the province of Alicante thanks to the agreement reached with the El Palmeral homeowners' association, under which the first solar photovoltaic systems on the roofs of the 12 blocks of flats have already begun operating.

The photovoltaic plants will allow the first residents to enjoy the advantages of renewable self-consumption without the need to have their own installation or to make any kind of investment, as Iberdrola España will do it.

This form of community self-consumption provides users with access to 100% renewable energy generated from the 12 rooftops, where 533 panels have been installed with a total power of 246 kilowatts (kW), enough to produce 369 MWh annually. These photovoltaic installations will prevent the emission of around 2,000 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere over the next 30 years.

Thanks to these solar communities, 512 homes and 40 premises in El Palmeral will participate by subscribing to it and save on their electricity bills by consuming locally part of the energy produced by these installations. In addition to the savings generated by the installation, these homes will receive preferential conditions with additional discounts on their electricity supply.

Joaquín Longares, Iberdrola España's sales representative in the Valencia region, stresses that this project "is a very important milestone for us as it is a project of social relevance and an example of an agreement between the owners who form part of the El Palmeral residents' community and Iberdrola España. We are providing innovative, sustainable energy solutions, which have led to the hiring of local jobs during its construction, and we are making self-consumption energy available to the residents".

Promotion of self-consumption

In addition, as a result of its commitment to self-consumption, Iberdrola España has improved the remuneration of its customers' surpluses and thanks to innovation in energy products, self-consumers with Iberdrola España plans can value their surpluses beyond the energy term, making it possible to have a bill of zero euros and now also benefit from the value of the surpluses in another home of the same owner.

Iberdrola España leads the photovoltaic self-consumptionExternal link, opens in new window.  market in Spain, managing 40% of the country's self-consumption customers. As part of its commitment to accelerating the energy transition and developing new products to improve efficiency and energy savings, in 2015 the company became the first company in its sector to integrate self-consumption solutions into its range of services.

The company has consolidated its position as the benchmark company with a 150% increase in its self-consumption portfolio so far this year. Through Smart Solar,External link, opens in new window.  Iberdrola España offers services for all types of customers, from domestic consumers to large industrial customers.

The collective self-consumption solutions developed by Iberdrola España have made self-consumption available to any customer, whether or not they have their own roof. Customers in this segment also benefit from the Solar Plan,External link, opens in new window.  a competitive electricity tariff during the hours when there is no sun, which is when they need to consume energy from the grid, as during the day they self-supply from their own installation. 

Self-consumption solar systems can save 30% on annual bills in the case of residents' associations; 50% for companies and businesses; and up to 70% in single-family homes. These savings are produced in three ways: the energy produced by the installation that the user does not have to buy, the compensation for the surplus energy not consumed that is fed into the grid and the savings due to lower taxes.