Preserving industrial heritage


Do you know the Factory of Light in Valdepeñas (Ciudad Real)? It is an emblematic building of great historical relevance, declared an Asset of Cultural Interest, which houses our offices in this town of La Mancha and an electricity substation.

The building dates back to 1913 and brought electricity to Valdepeñas and the surrounding area, changing people’s lives and boosting local development and industrialisation.

Built in the style of the old railway stations, in stone, red brick and solid iron, it supplied electricity to nearby towns such as Manzanares, Membrilla, La Solana, Villanueva de los Infantes, Villahermosa, Fuenllana, San Carlos del Valle, Ruidera and Santa Cruz de Mudela.

In line with our commitment to the territories where we operate, at UFD we take care to maintain and conserve the building in excellent condition. For this reason, we have recently restored it, with an investment of 150,000 euros.  

The refurbishment, which has respected the original design due to the historical value and industrial uniqueness of the building, is part of our annual action plan in all the territories where we operate to reinforce, technify and digitalise our networks, as well as to strengthen infrastructures.

Specifically, in 2023, our investment in Castilla-La Mancha exceeded 77 million euros, 41% more than the previous year, of which 36 million were allocated to projects in the province of Ciudad Real, including the power expansion of the Valdepeñas substation.

Taking advantage of this refurbishment, as a result of our commitment to sustainability and the environment, we have installed, together with local conservation group SEO/Ciudad Real, several artificial nests on the façade of the building for the recovery of a breeding colony of the Lesser Kestrel, a small migratory falcon that in Castilla-La Mancha is classified as an endangered species with the category of vulnerable.