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Geographic and demographic influence

  • Extremadura is a European region located in the southwest of the Iberian Peninsula. 

  • One of the 17 Autonomous Regions of Spain.

  • With a total area of 41,634 km2, Extremadura represents 8.1% of the area of Spain

  • It is formed by the two biggest provinces of Spain: Cáceres and Badajoz.

  • Extremadura is a great hub to access the Spanish and Portuguese markets through its good communications with the most important Atlantic seaports of the Iberian Peninsula (Lisbon, Aveiro, Sines, Algeciras, Huelva, Seville).

  • Extremadura is the only European region from Spain that receives Structural Funds from the European Union for the 2014-2020 period.

Municipalities, rural development and resources:

Main cities:

  • Badajoz city = 150.000 inhabitants (AGENEX bureau)

  • Cáceres city = 96.000 inhabitants (AGENEX bureau)

  • Mérida city = 60.000 inhabitants (AGENEX bureau)

Extremadura Region is more extensive than Belgium or Netherland, but having a density of 26 inhabitant/km2 (below the EU rural concept 30inh./km2), with 383 small municipalities (90% of the total, under 5.000inh.), which all provide very specific barriers when promoting RES and EE sectors.

 

Energy actor at national level

Extremadura covers today 120% to 140% of electricity demand with RES and generating more than 300% of required electricity, being currently the second national region with higher Solar MW power installed.

 

This exceptional energy results are due to the optimal natural resources of the region:

  • Sweet water is a main resource through 40 reservoirs and 2 main rivers, so Extremadura gathers 25% of the country's fresh water.

  • It is the region with the most kilometers of inland coast in Spain and one of the longest in Europe, with four river basins and forty dams.

  • Sun provides more than 3000 hours of sunshine, allowing maximum solar productions.

  • Agriculture is a min economic activity, with 257,000 irrigated hectares, and 18.000 more hectares foreseen for 2016.

  • Diversified agriculture and industrially technified: leader in crops like tomato, corn, rice, snuff, wine, fruit and cereal.

  • The biomass potential is large, with 70% of surface covered by forest, and 25% covered by farming land, which allows more than 4 Million tons of agro-forest raw materials with potential to be converted into biomass. Currently the 96% of this potential is not used, so 45% of the existing regional demand has to be covered with importations.

 

 
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