Irizar e-mobility has become the first green energy electromobility factory in Europe by opening and commissioning the largest solar PV plant in the Basque Country.
The park was opened this morning in the presence of Lehendakari (President of the Basque Government) Iñigo Urkullu and a delegation of the Basque Government, together with the Basque Energy Agency and the partners of the EKIAN solar farm, in which the Irizar Group is one of the largest investors with the acquisition of 3 MW.
The energy generated in this farm will supply the Irizar e-mobility facilities, making it the first factory for the production of electric buses with zero emissions clean energy in Europe.
EKIAN – The largest solar PV planta in the Basque Country
Ekian is a public private initiative promoted by the Basque Energy Agency and KREAN and has 22 investor companies.
The EKIAN photovoltaic solar farm is located on a 55-hectare industrial estate called “La lágrima” on the ARASUR Industrial Estate, in the municipality of Ribera Baja-Erribera Beitia, Araba.
It consists of 66,000 latest generation solar panels, 355 watts each, generating total installed capacity of 24 MW, thus doubling the current solar power of the Basque Country. At full capacity, it will produce approximately 40,000 MWh per year, i.e. electricity equivalent to the electrical consumption of 15,000 families in one year and will prevent the emission of about 14,600 tons of CO2 if that energy were produced by other fossil-based energy sources.
Irizar e-mobility and sustainability
Irizar e-mobility was inaugurated in 2018, the first factory in Europe for electromobility solutions, designed and manufactured based on eco-sustainability concepts with a type A energy efficiency certificate, the maximum available in Europe… It includes a warehouse and domestic water heating system that works by using the surplus steam from a company located in the adjoining plot.
The Irizar Group develops and manufactures its own batteries, under a partnership agreement signed with the Basque Energy Agency and Respol. It also offers a second life for its batteries, so that they can be reused at the end of their life-cycle in the buses, as storage components in recharging stations for electric vehicles in Repsol service stations, together with the power electronics associated with their use.
The progressive reduction of CO2 emissions and other polluting substances, together with the introduction of environmental criteria, from the design of its products and promotion of respect for the environment of its staff and freelancers, are their most important premises.