OPDE plans 50 MW solar plant in southern Spain


The Spanish solar project developer, Grupo OPDE has submitted a request for an environmental license for a 50 MW solar power project it intends to build in Mérida, in the Spanish southern region of Extremadura.

According to a document published in the region’s official journal, the project “La Fernandina”, proposed by the special purpose vehicle Solar Opde La Fernandina, SL, would be divided into seven sub-sections and would be built with 146,760 modules with a power output of 340W, provided by the Chinese manufacturer ETSolar, 28 inverters of 1.6 MW from Spanish producer Ingeteam and solar trackers from an undisclosed provider.

The document also reveals that the project construction is expected to require an investment of around €32.6 million, with no more details provided.

The OPDE group is currently building several PV projects in Mexico and Chile. The company has also built several solar parks in the U.K. over the past years.

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Meanwhile, several projects of the size of this in Mérida have been submitted for environmental approval over the past months and years in southern Spain. All of these are expected to sell power to the spot market, or through private PPAs.

The first solar private PPA was signed in Spain in late December. U.K.-based asset manager, Foresight Group announced at the time that its 3.9 MW solar power project in the municipality of Las Torres de Cotillas, Murcia region, will sell electricity to Spanish power provider, Energya-VM, a unit of Spanish industrial conglomerate Grupo Villar Mir, under a 10-year PPA.

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