Spain’s Ministry of Energy Transition and Autonomous Communities has given TotalEnergies a favorable environmental impact assessment for an estimated 3 GW of installed capacity for 48 power plants. TotalEnergies will develop these power plants in the Madrid region (installed capacity of 1.9 GW), the Murcia region (more than 350 MW), in Castilla-La Mancha (more than 300 MW), in Andalusia (263 MW), and in Aragon (approximately 150 MW). The first projects will come on stream early 2024. The plants will generate about 6000 GWh of clean energy per year, enough to meet the annual electricity demand of nearly 4 million people. TotalEnergies said the plants will also avoid close to 50 million tons (45.4 tonnes) of CO2 emissions during their lifetime.
TotalEnergies will promote a series of compensatory measures, including bird marking for behavior monitoring, renting 400 additional hectares for conservation efforts, and using 1.5% of plant production for electricity bill discounts for local residents, while providing construction and operation and maintenance training to residents in surrounding municipalities. “With 2 million residential and business customers in Spain, our company is firmly committed to promoting the development of renewable energy in the country. Obtaining this favorable environmental impact assessment is therefore a great step forward for us,” said Patrick Pouyanné, chair and chief executive officer of TotalEnergies. “For Spain, the development of these solar farms will make a massive contribution to the country’s energy transition, as they will be able to power the equivalent of the population of the entire community of Madrid. For TotalEnergies, these projects will bring us closer to our goal of 100 GW of gross renewable installed capacity by 2030 worldwide.”
TotalEnergies said that it is proud to contribute to Spain’s goal of obtaining 70% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030 and 100% by 2050.