Construction has begun on a 1.3MW concentrator PV (CPV) plant in Alcoutim, southern Portugal.
Investors in the project include European energy supplier Enovos and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, a charitable foundation in Portugal focusing on social and scientific interests. The project is the first CPV plant to be funded by the partnership.
The plant is being developed by Luz-On and installed by Electricidade Industrial Portuguesa, while Soitec will supply 82 of its CPV units for the project, which are said to be twice as efficient as conventional PV modules.
José Beriot, vice president of solar projects development with Soitec's solar energy division said: “As Portugal begins to implement CPV solar power to achieve its green energy goals and prepare green energy exports, we look forward to working with the team on this first installation and other projects in the future.
The Portuguese government is championing CPV installations, supporting 11 CPV projects in Portugal. SolFocus is also developing an 8.5MW CPV project in Portugal.