Iberdrola has awarded the Asturian company Hiasa Gonvarri a 45 million euro contract for the manufacture and installation of fixed structures and trackers in its upcoming photovoltaic plants in the country, the company reported.
Specifically, these elements will be used in nine renewable facilities that the energy company plans to build, which together add up to an installed power of almost 600 megawatts (MW). Among them, the Ciudad Rodrigo, Ballestas and Casetona plants, in Castilla y León; or Maja Alto and Tallisca, in Andalusia.
This order will give continuity to the workload of the Hiasa factory in Avilés. In total, Iberdrola has already awarded the Asturian company contracts for nearly 94 million euros in a set of projects that are close to 2,000 MW of power.
These are the orders made for the photovoltaic plants of Nuñez de Balboa and Peñarrubia (Badajoz); Campo de Arañuelo I, II and III, Cedillo and Tagus I-IV (Cáceres); Andevalo (Huelva); Romeral (Cuenca), Puertollano (Ciudad Real), Ciudad Rodrigo and Villarino (Salamanca); Revilla-Vallejera (Brugos); and Teruel.
The latest award includes the supply of trackers for two of the projects, devices that allow the solar panels to be oriented so that they remain perpendicular to the sun’s rays. These components are custom-made for each installation, which requires a deep understanding of technology.
The group chaired by Ignacio Sánchez Galán has Asturian suppliers for numerous jobs related to green projects and decarbonisation, such as network management, environmental protection and surveillance, construction of substations, repair of generators or maintenance of hydroelectric plants, among others.
Purchases for 166 million from Asturian suppliers
During the last financial year alone, Iberdrola made purchases and contracted services from more than a hundred Asturian suppliers for 164 million euros.
Its main suppliers include Windar, which is building the 50 transition pieces for the Baltic Eagle offshore wind farm at its Avilés facilities, which the company is building in the Baltic Sea (Germany).
About 30 local companies also participate in the process, among which are steel production companies, components, equipment, tests and auxiliary machinery.
Windar will also be responsible for supplying these elements for the Vineyard Wind 1 offshore wind farm that Iberdrola is developing in the United States.
In addition, the Asturian company has manufactured the piles for the Saint-Brieuc wind farm – the Iberdrola group’s first large offshore wind farm in France – within the framework of the contract awarded to the Navantia-Windar consortium. In total, Iberdrola has awarded this consortium contracts worth more than 1,000 million euros to date.
Iberdrola has invested 350 million euros in Asturias in the last five years and hopes to raise this figure to 500 million euros in the next five years.