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Plans for Europe’s largest solar farm revealed

Iberdrola evoluci n construcci n proyecto fotovol

Spanish-based utility company Iberdrola has unveiled plans to build a 590MW photovoltaic solar plant in Spain. 

The €300M (£267M) Francisco Pizarro project is nearly double the capacity of France’s 300MW Cestas Solar Park which is currently the largest such facility in Europe.  

Overall the Francisco Pizarro project is set to be the 10th largest plant in the world in terms of capacity, behind photovoltaic plants in India, China and Mexico.  

Iberdrola estimates construction of the plant will create 1,000 jobs over the next two and half years.  

The plant will occupy a 1,300ha site in Caceres, Extremadura. The project is named after Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro who led the conquest of the Inca empire in the 1500s. 

Iberdrola estimates the plant will eliminate the emission of 245,000t of carbon dioxide every year and supply enough energy for 375,000 people.

The utility giant already has a solar plant under construction in Spain, the 500MW Núñez de Balboa photovoltaic plant, as well as wind projects expected to come online in 2023.  

Iberdrola’s plans are currently under review by the Spanish Ministry for the Ecological Transition and are estimate the new plant to be operational by 2022.

*Pictured: The 500MW Núñez de Balboa photovoltaic plant. 

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