IBC Solar inaugurates 2.3 MW plant in Portugal

Germany’s IBC Solar has completed its first project in Portugal, the 2.3 MW As Galegas solar plant.

IBC Solar developed the turnkey project in the area of Fanhoes, north of Lisbon, for Portuguese company Sol Selvagem and in collaboration with mounting systems company Inempi. IBC Solar oversaw engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) duties on the facility.

Employing 9,600 IBC PolySol 240MS polycrystalline modules, As Galegas has a total nominal output of 2.3 MWp. The plant has an estimated annual production of 3,500 megawatt hours and can supply electricity to some 1,500 households — enough, the IBC Solar said, to save approximately 1,640 tons of environmentally harmful CO2 emissions.

"As Galegas is the result of an initiative born from a serious commitment to the environment, a professional direction with extensive experience in photovoltaics and rigorous project execution," the company added.

Rudolf Sebald, IBC Solar vice president and project manager, said, "We are very pleased with this project, our first turnkey project in Portugal. It has been successful work, complying with both timing and estimated costs, and also with plant performance, which exceeds even the electricity production agreed with the owner. This project confirms the growing business of IBC SOLAR internationally."

Joao Marinho of Sol Selvagem praised the company¬ís German partner: "When we first thought about such an investment in a photovoltaic project, a few months ago now, I knew I had to count on a committed company that could offer the maximum guarantees for optimal results. With more than 30 years of involvement in solar systems technology, IBC Solar¬ís experience was crucial for this project. After these months of flawlessly handled work, I can now confirm that the plant’s positive results month after month undoubtedly correspond to a job well done."

The plant has also won the support of local leaders. "Since this is the first photovoltaic project in Fanhoes, and considering the benefits that this initiative brings to the economy and environmental quality of the locality, I can only thank Sol Selvagem, IBC Solar and Inempi for the commitment they have shown," said Antonio Dias Emidio, president of the Municipal Council of Fanhoes-Loures.