Spain-based natural gas and power provider Gas Natural Fenosa has started construction on the 50 MW Carpio de Tajo solar project near Toledo, in the Spanish region of Castilla-La Mancha.
The company says it will invest approximately €30 million ($35 million) in the project, which it aims to complete by the end of the year. The solar facility will use 158,400 315 W modules supplied by an unnamed manufacturer, and will have an annual generation capacity of 90 GWh.
The project, approved by the government of Castilla-La Mancha in March, is the second large-scale solar plant under development in the region, along with the 49 MW Planta solar fotovoltaica La Nava, being planned in the municipality of Almodóvar del Campo.
Both projects form part of the 250 MW solar pipeline Gas Natural Fenosa secured in the energy auction held by the Spanish government in July, in which around 3.5 GW of PV capacity was assigned.
In the previous wind and solar auction – held in May 2017 – Natural Gas Fenosa was awarded 667 MW of wind power projects.
This year the Spanish utility has invested in solar in Chile and Brazil. In Chile, subsidiary Global Power Generation (GPG) won the contract to build a 120 MW solar facility in a power auction held last year, while in Brazil Fenosa is planning to build Sobral I and Sertao I. The two 30 MW plants are set to be built in the state of Piaui, in the north-east of the country.