Acciona Energy has activated its new Palma del Río I solar thermal plant in Cordoba, Spain. The 50MW system is comprised of 792 solar collectors spanning 135 hectares and takes Acciona’s CSP portfolio in Spain to 200MW.
The new system and its twin plant, Palma del Río II – which was connected to the grid in December 2010 – will generate enough electricity to meet the energy requirements of 70,000 homes in southern Spain. Around €500 million has been invested in the two plants.
Acciona has two other 50MW CSP plants in Spain and is building a fifth at Orellana in Badajoz, which has a penciled in completion date of late 2012. Mitsubishi has a 15% stake in the four systems.