EGPE begins construction on three Spanish solar plants

WCN Editorial Team 29 Nov 2018 EUROPE ENERGY & UTILITIES

Enel Green Power España (EGPE), the renewable energy division of Spanish electric utility company Endesa, has begun construction on three solar plants in the Province of Badajoz in the Spanish region of Extremadura.

The three photovoltaic (PV) facilities, Navalvillar, Valdecaballero and Castilblanco, will have an installed capacity of more than 42MW each, representing a total capacity of 127MW.

The power plants will be established in the municipalities of Casas de Don Pedro and Talarrubias, and involve an overall investment of approximately €100m.

The solar parks are expected to enter into operation by the end of 2019. The solar facilities, which consist of more than 372,000 PV modules, will generate 250GWh a year, avoiding the emission of more than 165,000 tonnes of CO2.

The three power plants will be constructed based on Enel Green Power’s Sustainable Construction Site model.

This will include the use of renewable energy to meet the needs of construction works through a 20kW PV system powering the three sites. Local population will also be involved in the construction phase.

EGPE will use new construction practices and tools at the three sites, including drones for topographic survey, smart tracking of components, advanced digital platforms and software solutions to monitor construction progress and quality, as well as remotely support site activities and plant commissioning.

These will enable quicker, more accurate and reliable data collection, improve the quality of construction and facilitate communication between on-site and off-site teams.

The three parks are part of seven solar projects, for an overall capacity of 339MW, which EGPE won in the Spanish government’s third renewable energy auction in July 2017.

The other projects include Totana in Murcia, which started construction in September, and three other PV parks located in Extremadura in Logrosán, in the Province of Cáceres, for which construction began in October.

EGPE also won a 540MW wind power tender in the May 2017 renewable auction.

The 879MW of wind and solar power awarded in these auctions involve an overall investment of more than €800m by 2020.

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Image: EGPE begins construction on three solar power plants in Spain. Photo: Courtesy of Zbynek Burival on Unsplash.

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