21 APR 2023

New home for pairs of lesser kestrels at our photovoltaic plant in Bargas

  • •    It is expected to become a place of refuge and breeding in a few weeks.


Iberdrola's photovoltaic plant in Bargas (Toledo) has become a new refuge for lesser kestrels (Falcon naumanni). The photovoltaic plant, known as the "Barcience Project", continues to support local biodiversity.

The company has promoted the construction of a new home for two pairs of this species. The idea is that the nesting place or primillar will serve to house future colonies of this emblematic species.

Iberdrola is carrying out a new environmental protection action in its photovoltaic projects with the aim of preserving biodiversity in the surroundings of renewable energy facilities in Spain.

These birds have a varied diet, ranging from insects to small mammals and birds, and since the photovoltaic installations are insecticide-free areas with open spaces, they are an ideal habitat for the species.

Furthermore, the lack of breeding sites has been one of the main threats to this species. For this reason, primates are usually located in well-conserved places free from noise, which favours the breeding of this bird and prevents the extinction of the species in the short and medium term.
In fact, two adult pairs of lesser kestrels already live in the new home of the photovoltaic plant in Bargas, and it is hoped that they will settle and consolidate a new colony.

The action, developed in collaboration with the Junta de Castilla-La Mancha and managed by the company Geacam, aims to contribute to the recovery of the population of this species in the area.

Iberdrola thus works to ensure that all of its activities are carried out in a sustainable manner and integrally combines the installation of renewable projects with the conservation of the biological diversity of ecosystems.External link, opens in new window.  In this regard, the company has carried out more than 1,450 biodiversity protection actions in the last three years.

The environmental technician in charge of supervising the project, Syra Zemlia Díaz, considers that "it is an ideal enclave for the reintroduction of lesser kestrels. We hope that the results will be seen from the end of this month, as this is the laying and breeding season for this species".

Renewables and biodiversity

Iberdrola, a pioneer in the fight against climate change and in the commitment to sustainability, focuses on the development of clean energy that is responsible with nature as a source of sustainable development. A commitment to biodiversity and the preservation of healthy ecosystems is embodied in its Biodiversity Policy and is aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), External link, opens in new window. which are integrated into its business strategy.

Iberdrola works on numerous initiatives within the Convive programmeExternal link, opens in new window.  that combine the installation of renewable projects with the generation and use of the ecosystem services generated at our plants, such as the use of livestock, beekeeping and cultivation of aromatic herbs. The coexistence of renewable generation plants with activities related to sustainable agriculture, livestock or horticulture is a sign of our commitment to rural employment.