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Naturgy Develops 1 GW Hybrid Project in Castilla-La Mancha


These are five battery storage projects hybridized with solar energy; 12 projects to hybridize wind farms with photovoltaic technology and three to hybridize three hydroelectric plants with solar energy.


The energy company Naturgy has begun the construction of three new photovoltaic plants in Castilla-La Mancha. These are the Zorita I and Zorita II facilities, located in the surroundings of the former José Cabrera Nuclear Power Plant, between the municipalities of Almonacid de Zorita and Zorita de los Canes (Guadalajara), and the Ocaña plant, in the municipal area. from Ocaña (Toledo).


The Group will invest more than 76 million euros in the three plants, which together will total 150 MWp. In addition to these three photovoltaic plants, the Group manages another 20 renewable energy projects in the region with which it plans to add 1,000 new MW of power.


These are five battery storage projects hybridized with solar energy; 12 projects to hybridize wind farms with photovoltaic technology and three to hybridize three hydroelectric plants with solar energy. Naturgy explains that the projects are in different stages of processing.


The company currently operates more than 1,150 MW of wind, photovoltaic and hydraulic power in Castilla-La Mancha through 29 facilities spread across different provinces.


Regarding photovoltaic technology, Naturgy operates seven solar plants. The Picón I, Picón II and Picón III (Porzuna) and La Nava (Almodóvar del Campo) plants are located in the province of Ciudad Real and in Toledo, Carpio de Tajo (El Carpio de Tajo), which began operating in 2019. as well as the Toledo PV photovoltaic, in La Puebla de Montalbán, which is the oldest in Europe, since it began its activity in 1994 with a peak power of 1 MW. In Guadalajara, on the other hand, the Canredondo plant came into operation in 2021.


In addition, it manages 12 wind farms, nine hydraulic plants and one mini-hydraulic plant.

Globally, it currently has around 6.5 GW of installed renewable generation capacity in operation (3.3 GW of wind generation, 2.2 GW of hydroelectric generation and 1 GW of photovoltaic), and expects to finish the year 2024 with around 8 GW of operational installed capacity, to which should be added a pipeline of projects in development of almost 20 GW, mainly in Spain, Australia and the US.

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