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Aquila Clean Energy obtains EIS for six solar plants with a total capacity of 442mw

— The authorisation of these plants boosts Aquila Clean Energy’s portfolio in Castilla-La Mancha and Andalusia in Spain

— These plants will employ more than 1,550 people and generate enough energy to power 215,700 homes per year

Madrid, 18 September 2023 Six solar plants of Aquila Clean Energy, a developer and operator of renewable energy projects with a focus on solar and wind power, have obtained a positive environmental impact statement (EIS). This authorisation guarantees that the projects, located in Toledo and Cádiz, can continue their development and endorses the standards of the solar plants in environmental and landscape terms.

With a total capacity of more than 442MW, these six Aquila Clean Energy plants will employ more than 1,550 people. Once in operation, they will generate enough energy to power 215,700 homes and avoid the emission of 212,000 tonnes of CO2 annually.

These solar photovoltaic plants are, in addition to four others that the company has under construction in Pepino (Toledo) and in Manzanares and Brazatortas (Ciudad Real). With a total peak power of 100MW, these four plants will generate enough energy to supply 49,000 homes and avoid the emission of 48,000 tonnes of CO2 each year.

“This environmental approval highlights the progress of our portfolio in Spain and in these two regions in particular, as well as our commitment to the environment and respect for the landscape in the way we develop our projects,” says Jorge de Miguel, Head of Development and Construction for Aquila Clean Energy in Spain.

In addition, five Aquila Clean Energy plants located in Castilla y León have recently been awarded the Spanish Photovoltaic Union (UNEF) Seal of Excellence in Sustainability.

This certifies that the plants comply with high levels of landscape integration and biodiversity protection. The Seal also distinguishes the relationships established with local communities designed to generate a positive impact in the region.

All this corresponds to Aquila Clean Energy’s social and environmental management process, which provides differential value in the sector. As a result of this process, the company awaits further seals of excellence for more of its plants in Spain.

Aquila Clean Energy consolidates its portfolio

The authorised projects are located in two regions where Aquila Clean Energy is already present. In Castilla-La Mancha, the company recently announced the start of construction of a solar plant in Montealegre del Castillo (Albacete) with a peak capacity of 42MW.

The company is developing seven solar projects in Castilla-La Mancha, with a total capacity of 730MW. These projects will generate more than 2,555 jobs. In total, Aquila Clean Energy has six plants under construction in the region, which will generate 175MW in total.

The two plants in Cádiz are part of the 19 projects that Aquila Clean Energy is developing in Andalusia. Altogether, they will generate more than 4,000 jobs.

Through the further development of its project portfolio, Aquila Clean Energy expects to exceed 3GW of installed renewable capacity in Spain over the next few years.