Enel starts building 127MW of solar projects in Extremadura, Spain

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Construction works on site will be powered through a 20kW PV system. Credit: EGP

Enel Green Power España, Spanish power firm Endesa's renewable energy division, has begun construction of three solar PV plants with an overall capacity of around 126.8MW in the Province of Badajoz, in the Spanish region of Extremadura.

The three facilities, Navalvillar, Valdecaballero and Castilblanco, in the municipalities of Casas de Don Pedro and Talarrubias, will have an installed capacity of more than 42.3MW each and will involve an overall investment of approximately €100 million. The projects are expected to come into commercial operation by the end of 2019. They will include 372,000 PV modules and will be able to generate approximately 250 GWh a year.

Construction works on site will be powered through a 20kW PV system and Enel will carry out initiatives aimed at involving the local population in this phase.

EGPE will also use drones for a topographic survey, smart tracking of components like solar panels, main transformers and cables, in addition to advanced digital platforms and software solutions to monitor construction progress and quality and remotely support site activities as well as plant commissioning.

“These three projects further strengthen our presence in Spain, where we have started construction of ten new renewable projects over the last two months,” said Antonio Cammisecra, head of Enel Green Power. “In addition to actively expanding the company's presence in the country, our aim is to continue promoting innovation by applying cutting-edge technologies based on digitalisation and robotisation, as well as sustainability by implementing best practices already in place in our construction sites worldwide.”

The three parks are part of the seven solar projects, for an overall capacity of 339MW, awarded to EGPE in the Spanish government's third renewable energy auction, held in July 2017. The remaining projects include Totana, located in Murcia, which started construction in September, and three other PV parks located in Extremadura, in Logrosán, in the Province of Cáceres, for which construction started in October.

Enel Green Power España currently manages over 1,815MW of renewable energy capacity in Spain.

Solarcentury recently received approval from the regional government in Andalucia to construct four PV projects in Alcala de Guadaira, Seville, Spain. Meanwhile, another British firm Lightsource BP has entered the Iberian market.

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