Núñez de Balboa power plant has been completed just in one year by Iberdrola. The plant, with the 500 MW installed capacity, is Europe’s largest solar power plant. It has extended over 1,000 hectares (2,470 acres). It is located in the Badajoz province, Extremadura, Spain. The commissioning is in the first quarter of 2020. The plant output can cover the needs of 250,000 people a year. It is equivalent to the populations of Cáceres and Badajoz combined. If it started to generate power, it will offset the emission of 215,000 metric tons of CO2 per year.
Núñez de Balboa power plant has also broken some records in the field of job creation, number of solar panels, education and training on renewables. This is an ambitious construction project that has involved more than 1,200 employees during peak-work periods; 70% of them were from Extremadura. Iberdrola used 1,430,000 solar panels,115 inverters and two substations involving the delivery of a total of 3,200 containers to construct this large-scale project.
As an interesting point, Iberdrola and the Municipalities of Usagre and Llerena are working together on training students of the Campiña Sur Vocational School in Extremadura, with educational site visits and practical plant experience, according to RenewableEnergy Magazine.
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