Spanish government approves Solarcentury’s 300 MW PV project


The Spanish Ministry of the Ecological Transition has granted final approval to a 300 MW solar project that a consortium led by UK developer Solarcentury hopes to build in the province of Cáceres, in the southern region of Extremadura.

According to a document published in the Spanish Official Journal, the project will include the construction of a 30/400 kV substation and a 21.42 km, 400 kV transmission line for evacuation. The PV project is expected to generate around 588.26 GWh per year and will sell power to the private PPA market. The park had been designated a strategic project, a move which has helped fast-track its development by the regional government of Extremadura.

The facility will be near the municipality of Talayuela, and will be built at a cost of around €300 million ($345 million).

The project is set to include unspecified tracker technology and polycrystalline modules with an output of 340 W, provided by an unidentified manufacturer. More technical alternatives for the project design are also being considered.

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The Department of Energy and Infrastructure of Extremadura signed an MoU with Solarcentury and its partners – Genia Global Energy and Canopy Energies – in December. At the time, the local government said work on the facility may begin in late 2018, with completion scheduled for 12 months afterwards.

Since then, several more projects for big solar parks have been announced in Spain and construction has started on many. Several private PPAs or EPC contracts for large-scale solar initiatives have also been signed. According to Spanish solar association UNEF, there are more than 24 GW of developed projects of a similar kind under review by local authorities.

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