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Iberdrola to build 245 MW solar project in Italy

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Iberdrola has signed an agreement with IB Vogt for the construction of a 245 MW photovoltaic (PV) project in Sicily, to which a further 60 MW could be added, bringing the total to 305 MW. In any case, the initial project has sufficient capacity to cover the needs of more than 140 000 families with emission-free green energy, which is a population similar to that of Catania.

The project, called Fenix, will start construction in March and will mark an unprecedented event in the Italian energy landscape as the largest PV project under construction in the country. Italy currently has only 60 plants of more than 10 MW, and the average project is 26 MW.

When operational, with its 424 638 PV modules, the plant will generate around 400 GWh per year, avoiding the emission of 119 000 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere. In addition, it is expected to create direct local employment for around 500 workers during the construction phase and more than 100 permanent jobs during the commercial operation phase.

The agreement for the construction of Fénix consolidates Iberdrola's growth in Italy and its contribution to the country's energy security. In addition, this type of facility supports the decarbonisation path of large industrial customers through the supply of renewable energy through the sale of long-term power contracts.

"This is a further step in Iberdrola's growth in Italy," said Valerio Faccenda, Country Manager of Iberdrola Renewables in Italy, who highlighted how the company "has undoubtedly laid a solid foundation to achieve the 2030 and 2035 targets, with a 100% renewable portfolio of more than 115 wind, PV, and storage projects in advanced stages of development with a total capacity of 5 GW".



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