• In Spain’s Castilla y Leon, Iberdrola has started processing work for two new projects with 350 MW capacity
  • This capacity will be developed as 300 MW Ciudad Rodrigo and 50 MW Villarino solar power projects
  • Work on 50 MW project is likely to begin soon, but the 300 MW project will enter construction in 2021
  • Iberdrola says it has secured grid access for another 300 MW wind farm and 200 MW solar power capacity in the country

Iberdrola has started processing work on 350 MW new solar PV capacity in Salamanca province of Spain’s Castilla y Leon region to be developed as 300 MW Ciudad Rodrigo and 50 MW Villarino projects. In Castilla y Leon, the Spanish energy company  already operates over 5.1 GW of hydro and wind power capacity.

While the 50 MW project is expected to enter construction phase shortly, Iberdola plans to break ground on the 300 MW project in 2021. For the latter, it will deploy around 826,200 solar panels and generate jobs for around 800 workers during peak construction.

Additionally, the company claims it has secured grid access for the installation of 500 MW more capacity to be developed as a 300 MW wind farm and 200 MW PV project, but didn’t share details.

In its bid to achieve 3 GW of renewable energy installations in Spain by 2022, and eventually 10 GW by 2030, Iberdrola has been planning several new projects of late (see Iberdrola Plans Over 400 MW New PV Capacity In Spain).

At the recently concluded COP25 in Madrid, Iberdrola announced plans to replace 874 MW of coal power capacity of Lada and Velilla plants in Spain with 550 MW of wind and solar power (see Iberdrola To Replace Coal Power Plants With RE).

Among the hottest European PV markets currently, Spain installed 1.3 GW (AC) new solar capacity in the month of November 2019, according to the country’s transmission operator REE (see Spain Installed 1.3 GW (AC) Solar In Nov. 2019).