PV distributor Alba Solar has supplied 3.9MW of modules for installation on the rooftops of 46 Continente supermarkets in Portugal.
The supermarket project has been developed following an agreement between Portuguese utility firm Energias de Portugal (EDP) and Sonae Group, the owner of the Continente supermarket chain.
As part of the agreement, EDP will invest and operate the 46 PV installations for a period of 15 years, after which ownership will be transferred to Sonae Group.
The project will be developed in two stages. The first stage, which has already completed, involved the installation of 2.4MW of PV capacity. The second stage, which is currently under construction, will involve the installation of the remaining 1.5MW.
In total, the modules — which have been manufactured in Norway by REC — will cover 50,000 square metres of roof space and will help to generate an estimated annual output of 125GWh over a 25-year period.
According to Alba Solar, Portugal remains a key market for the company despite the reduction in tariffs and accounts for 30% of its global revenues. Moreover, the company’s 2012 revenues in Portugal had increased by 60% compared with the previous year, Alberto Sanroman, Global Managing Director of Alba Solar revealed.