Project operators Vasolar 2006 S.L. and Cavalum SGPS, S.A. have inaugurated four solar parks totalling 8MW in the autonomous region of Extremadura in western Spain. The ceremony took place on November 28th, and was attended by representatives from the operator companies as well as the mayors of the neighbouring villages of Fuente de Cantos, La Albuera, Don Alvaro and Montemolín.
Employing Sputnik Engineering’s 100kW central inverters, the tracking systems will benefit from RD 661/2007, which stated that solar installations commissioned before the end of September would be guaranteed the higher feed-in tariff for installations up to 100kW. As a result of this stipulation, the project’s operators decided to split the solar parks up into individual systems of 100kW each, together producing an average of 26 gigawatt-hours of energy per year. Valsolar expects a payback period of 10 years for the €40 million installation.