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The details of Fénix: Iberdrola's largest solar plant in Italy


In an ambitious step towards the expansion of clean energy in Italy, Iberdrola has closed a landmark deal with IB Vogt for the construction of the Fenix photovoltaic plant in Sicily. This pioneering project, with an initial capacity of 245 MW and the possibility of expanding to 305 MW, will be the largest solar facility under construction in Italy.

An innovative breakthrough in Italian solar energy

The Phoenix project, which will begin construction in March, not only represents a milestone in Italian energy history, but also aims to revolutionise the country's energy matrix. With 424,638 photovoltaic modules in operation, the plant is expected to generate approximately 400 GWh per year, enough to supply clean energy to more than 140,000 homes, equivalent to the population of Catania.

Positive environmental impact and social commitment in the Fénix project

Iberdrola's commitment to sustainability goes beyond the generation of green energy; the Fénix project will contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions by 119,000 tonnes per year, thus offering a significant improvement for the environment. In addition, it is expected to generate direct employment for around 500 workers during the construction phase and more than 100 permanent jobs during commercial operation.

This agreement consolidates Iberdrola's leading presence in Italy, marking a milestone in its contribution to the country's energy security. Valerio Faccenda, Country Manager of Iberdrola Renovables in Italy, said: "This is a further step in Iberdrola's growth in Italy and lays a solid foundation for achieving the 2030 and 2035 targets".

The multinational energy company, the largest in Europe in terms of share capital and the second largest in the world, has already demonstrated its commitment to Italy. In 2022, it inaugurated its first 23 MW PV plant in Montalto di Castro, Lazio, and completed its second 7 MW installation in Montefiascone in 2023. Construction of the 32 MW solar plant in Tarquinia is also underway.

Sustainable expansion: Iberdrola's next steps in Italy

In addition to the colossal Fénix project, Iberdrola has plans for two other solar plants, Limes 10 and Limes 15, of 18 MW and 36 MW respectively, which will begin construction in the first half of 2024. With these projects, the company plans to have 330 MW under construction in Italy by 2024 and another 40 MW by early 2025, reaching a total installed capacity of 400 MW and consolidating its position as one of the main drivers of renewable energy in the country.

 

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