Acciona Energía’s largest solar project in Spain, the 125MWp Extremadura I, II, and III photovoltaic complex in Almendralejo (Badajoz), has been put into service.
More than 230,000 solar modules make up Extremadura I, II, and III, which will provide 257 GWh of clean electricity annually, enough to power nearly 65,000 houses and prevent the emission of about 112,000 tonnes of CO2.
The project has received more than €80 million in investment.
As part of its Social Impact Management (GIS) programme related with the project, the corporation has implemented the “Colabora Almendralejo” project in cooperation with the City Council of Almendralejo and AlmaNatura.
The programme was born out of a social impact research and an open discussion with all the local interest groups, with the goal of bringing together businesses and unemployed youth to work together and advance the sustainability and employability of the municipality.
25 young people will receive free training in a variety of subjects, including creativity, sustainability, and identifying socio-environmental concerns.
Ten businesses will also take part in follow-up meetings to determine their primary areas for improvement and sustainability problems.
With the knowledge gained, young people and businesses will collaborate in a series of co-creation workshops to create solutions that support business sustainability and assist them in overcoming identified issues.
A number of very important archaeological relics have been uncovered during the construction of Extremadura I, II, and III, with a group of Chalcolithic towns from more than 5,000 years ago standing out.
The business has collaborated closely with archaeologists, cultural conservation experts, and the General Directorate of Cultural Heritage of the Junta de Extremadura to identify, delineate, and conserve the 11 sites discovered, which together represent 30 hectares of archaeological protection.
To ensure the protection and preservation of the designated relics, Acciona Energa has modified the layout and design of its photovoltaic project.
The excavation of these deposits will be done by the corporation, who will also cover all costs.
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