Conergy, Compañía Regional de Energía Solar (CRES) and Elsamex have joined forces and installed a 1.2MW solar carport facility in Almería, Spain.
As reported by PV-Tech’s sister site Design-Build Solar, the carport facility has been installed on the Universidad de Almería campus and will allow students and teaching staff to park their cars and help to generate electricity which will be fed directly into the La Cañada campus.
Connected to the grid on 30 January, the PV carport system is composed of around 4,950 Conergy P-series modules installed on a 15,000 square metre car park. The system will generate an estimated 1.75 million kWh of electricity every year which is enough to cover around 25% of the university’s energy demand.
Elsamex invested more than €2.5 million (US$3.4 million) in the carport project and will continue to operate the power plant.
“This carport plant is probably the largest green power project at any Spanish university. It shows that the energy transition has also reached the education and institutional sectors and that sustainability is gaining increasingly in importance – particularly now that solar power is already more cost-effective than electricity from the grid in many cases,” said Luis Jiménez Gutierrez, Managing Director of Conergy Spain.
“The carport combines ecology, design, efficiency and practical benefit: With around 320 sunny days a year, the sun will elicit outstanding performance from the modules – and at the same time the plant will be providing welcome shade in temperatures that can go up to 37 °C in the summer.”