Trina Solar Limited announced the supply of its modules to what is set to become Europe’s largest PV plant, a 500 MW system, located in Spain’s Murcia province.
The module supplier has signed an agreement with engineering, procurement and construction contractor, ACS Group and its subsidiary, Cobra, comprising the supply of 496,000 TSM-PE14H multicrystalline PV modules. With a reported power output of 340W, the supply deal will comprise of a total of 167 MW of modules. Supply is scheduled for the second half of 2018 and the first quarter of 2019.
“Despite the paralysis of recent years in the Spanish PV market, this endeavor proves that the sun shines again in the country for solar PV as the technology is already competitive without subsidies,” said Gonzalo de Viña, Head of Trina Solar Module Business Europe.
Spain’s National Commission initially approved the project on Financial Markets and Competition (CNMC) in June, while the the Ministry of Environmental Affairs gave the green light in July 2015.
Promosolar Juwi 17, S.L.U., a special purpose vehicle that owns the project, has been authorized to build the plant and a substation on a 1,088-hectare site in Mula, a small municipality in the Murcia region, according to a document published in the Spanish Official Journal. It will also build a transmission line to connect the plant to the network of national grid operator, Red Eléctrica de España.
When the project was launched in 2012, Spain had already closed its feed-in-tariff scheme for large-scale solar. Therefore, the project will be developed without government incentives.
Spain’s solar market is growing quickly, with 3.9 GW of solar capacity allocated in last year’s auction. Of that, more than 800 MW have already signed PPAs, marking an end to Spain’s solar hiatus.
“Already this year we may see the first unsubsidized solar parks being connected to the grid, as a result of continuing activity in the private PPA segment,” UNEF president José Donoso told pv magazine at Genera 2018.