Irizar inaugurated the largest photovoltaic solar park in the Basque Country. The energy it generates will be used to power Irizar’s electric mobility facilities, making it the first electric bus manufacturing plant in Europe with zero emissions of 100% renewable energy.

The Irizar Group is strongly committed to the environment and, since obtaining the ISO 14001 standard in 1998, it has met its energy transformation objectives.

Its commitment to electromobility began in 2011, the result of this commitment is the National Environment Award in the product-service category in Spain, obtained by Irizar in 2016.

In 2018, Irizar e-Mobility was inaugurated, the first factory in Europe dedicated to electromobility solutions, designed and manufactured on the basis of eco-sustainability concepts with a type A energy efficiency certificate, the maximum existing at the European level. It includes a warehouse heating and domestic hot water system, taking advantage of excess steam from a company located on the adjoining plot.

The Irizar Group develops and manufactures its own batteries and in 2019, thanks to a collaboration agreement signed with the Basque Energy Agency and Repsol, it also offers them a second life, allowing their reuse after their useful life cycle. in buses, which makes it a storage element in the recharging infrastructure for electric vehicles at Repsol service stations, as well as the power electronics associated with their use.

Also in 2019 and after completing the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Irizar became the first European coach manufacturer with a certified EDP based on the international standard UNE-EN ISO 14025 by the International EPD System.

He is currently immersed in multiple circular economy projects, in alternative energies, and in other great Europeans, all of them, in order to contribute to a future of sustainable mobility.

The gradual reduction of CO2 emissions and other polluting substances, as well as the introduction of environmental criteria from the design of its products, and the promotion of the spirit of respect for the environment of its people and collaborators are its most important premises. important.

EKIAN – The largest solar park in the Basque Country.

Ekian is a public-private initiative promoted by the Basque Energy Agency and KREAN and has 22 investment companies. The EKIAN photovoltaic solar power plant is located on an industrial area of ​​55 hectares called “Laágrima” in the ARASUR industrial zone, in the municipality of Ribera Baja-Erribera Beitia de Araba.

It is made up of a set of 66,000 state-of-the-art solar panels of 355 watts each, which together add up to a total installed capacity of 24 MW which doubles the current solar power of the Basque Country. At full capacity, it will produce around 40,000 MWh per year, i.e. an electrical energy equivalent to the electrical consumption of 15,000 families in one year and will avoid the emission of nearly 14,600 tonnes of CO2 if this energy were produced by other sources of energy. ‘fossil fuels. .