Axpo builds large solar plant in Spain


Baden AG/Vilecha – Energy supplier Axpo is building one of its largest solar plants to date. The plant in northern Spain, with an installed capacity of 200 megawatts, is scheduled to go online at the end of 2024. Axpo plans to add a total of 10 gigawatts in Europe by 2030.

Axpo Holding AG will begin construction of one of its largest solar plants to date in Spain in September, according to a media release. The energy supplier, headquartered in Baden, wants to build 10 gigawatts of solar capacity in Europe by 2030. Axpo says it has marketed a total of around 14 terawatt hours of solar and wind energy on behalf of its customers to date.

Axpo plans to start construction of the Spanish solar plant in the last quarter of 2023. It will have an installed capacity of 200 megawatts and will be built near Vilechas in the province of León in the Castilla y León region of northwestern Spain. According to Axpo, the project is a ground-mounted facility with 365,000 solar panels on an area of 307 hectares.

The plant can produce the annual electricity needs of more than 76,000 Spanish households. More than 900 specialists will be employed on development and construction. This first Axpo solar plant in Spain is scheduled to go online at the end of 2024.

“The start of construction of one of our largest solar power plants in the Spanish market is an important milestone for Axpo’s solar development business in Spain,” Antoine Millioud, head of Axpo Group’s Solar division, is quoted as saying. The company is optimally positioned thanks to “our existing know-how in the market and our solar expertise along the entire value chain,” Millioud added.

Axpo has been active in Spain for 20 years as Axpo Iberia S.L., based in Madrid. The expansion of solar energy in countries like Spain is also relevant for Switzerland, as it contributes to climate-friendly electricity production in Europe and thus strengthens the security of supply and also Switzerland’s import needs in winter, the company statement said. ce/gba