Spanish Endesa's renewable company Enel Green Power Espana (EGPE) started construction of three solar plants for an overall capacity of 126.6 megawatts (MW) in southwestern Spain, according to a statement released by Italy’s Enel Group on Tuesday.
Located in the municipality of Logrosan, near Caceres, the Baylio, Dehesa de los Guadalupes and Furatena plants will involve a total investment of approximately €100 million, and each will have an installed capacity of over 42.2 megawatts (MW), said Enel, which owns 70.1 percent of Endesa.
According to the statement, the plants represent the company's first solar plants in the Extremadura region, which will be comprised of around 372,000 photovoltaic (PV) modules.
The facilities are slated to enter into service by the end of 2019. Once fully operational, they will be able to generate more than 240 gigawatt-hours annually, avoiding the emission of around 120,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.
According to the statement, the three projects will be based on Enel Green Power's "Sustainable Construction Site" model. This includes the use of a 20 kW photovoltaic system at each site to meet energy needs during construction, and consists of other initiatives aimed at involving the local population in the construction phase.
The three facilities are part of the seven PV projects of a total capacity of 339 MW that were awarded to EGPE following the July 2017 renewables tender. The remaining projects include one located in Murcia, Totana, for which construction started in September, and three others in Extremadura, in the municipalities of Talarrubias and Casas de Don Pedro, in the province of Badajoz.
In addition, following the country's May 2017 renewables tender, the company was awarded wind projects for an installed capacity of 540 MW. The overall 879 MW of wind and solar awarded in these last two tenders will involve a total investment of over €800 million by 2020, and will increase EGPE's current portfolio by 52.4 percent, the statement added.
By Hale Turkes