ACCIONA Energy has begun work on its third concentrating solar power plant in Spain, which will boast a capacity of 50MW on completion in the second half of 2010. The plant, located in Majadas de Tiétar in the Cáceres province of southwest Spain, is expected to create between 300 and 400 jobs during the construction phase.
The €237 million investment in the plant will see the implementation of 76 kilometres of solar trough collectors on the 135-hectare solar field. The 800 solar collectors will feature a total of 192,000 mirrors, borrowing experience from the solar trough collector technology used in ACCIONA’s “Nevada Solar One” plant.
This plant is the third such established in Spain by the company, with plans for a fourth in Spain by the end of 2010. ACCIONA’s five CSP plants (including the 64MW plant in Nevada) account for an overall investment of €1.25 billion.
Plans for the fourth plant will see construction start in June 2009 on Palma del Río, another 50MW CSP facility. The company has also initiated administrative procedures for a fifth CSP plant in Spain, to be named Alvarado II (see table below).
ACCIONA’S current solar projects (table courtesy of ACCIONA).