VILLARINO WIND FARM AND PHOTOVOLTAIC PLANT

The Villarino projects: we are installing Spain's largest wind farm in Salamanca

Iberdrola is working on the formalities to develop a new wind farm and photovoltaic plant in Villarino, which together will add 500 MW of green energy to its portfolio. Once the infrastructures are up and running, they will generate enough clean energy to power the equivalent of 290,000 homes and avoid emitting 182,000 tons of CO2/year into the atmosphere.

Location
Villarino de los Aires, Trabanca, Ahigal de Villarino, Almendra, El Manzano, Iruelos, Puertas and Villar de Samaniego (Salamanca)

Installed capacity
500 MW

Total investment
400 million euros

Local jobs
1,100 workers

Building work starts
2021

Villarino wind farm and
photovoltaic plant

The Iberdrola group is continuing at the leading edge of green energy production in Castilla y León, this time in Salamanca, where it has started the formalities to build 500 new green MW. The highland site for the Villarino photovoltaic plant is in Salamanca and its neighbouring municipalities of Villarino, Sanchón de la Ribera and Brincones, and the facility will have an installed capacity of 200 MW. This new solar energy production plant will occupy 250 hectares and be made up of more than 382,000 photovoltaic modules.

Meanwhile, the Villarino wind farm will also be built on the outskirts of Trabanca, Ahigal de Villarino, Almendra, El Manzano, Iruelos, Puertas and Villar de Samaniego, covering an area of 991,626 m2. A total of 50 wind turbines with a 170-metre rotor diameter and 120 metre total height will be installed to create Europe's most extensive wind farm with an installed capacity of 300 MW.

Once these are operational, they will generate enough clean energy to supply the equivalent of 290,000 homes and avoid emissions of 182,000 tons of CO2/year into the atmosphere.

The project, with an investment of 400 million euros, will have an important local component, breathing new life into the economy and creating jobs in the area. Industrial suppliers will be involved in the project and up to 1,100 people will be employed at peak times.

THE LEADER IN RENEWABLES IN CASTILLA Y LEON

This Iberdrola project will further strengthen Iberdrola's leadership in Spain, particularly in Castilla y León, where it already manages more than 5,100 MW of hydraulic and wind plants making this the region with the most green megawatts installed by the company. The group will also develop more than 2,400 MW in wind and photovoltaic plans in Castilla y León in the coming years, making investments of around €2 bn. According to estimates in its Integrated National Energy and Climate Plan (PNIEC), these initiatives will create jobs for 24,000 workers.

Iberdrola is in the process of building the Herrera wind complex (63 MW) in Burgos, which will be equipped with Spain's most powerful wind turbines, and it is developing the Buniel wind farm (114 MW) and the Valdemoro wind farm (164 MW), one of the country's largest. The company is also processing a further 800 MW of photovoltaic production in the region in both Salamanca and Palencia, including the plants in Ciudad Rodrigo (300 MW), Velilla (400 MW), Revilla Vallejera and Ballestas.