Hive Energy bags approval for 45.6MW subsidy-free solar farm in Spain

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn
Share on reddit
Reddit
Share on email
Email
Hive is already a pioneer of subsidy-free solar projects in the UK. Credit: Hive Energy

UK developer Hive Energy has secured planning approval to develop what it claims to be the first subsidy free solar park in the Spanish province of Andalucia, standing at 45.6MW.

The El Salobral project, located at Espejo, Cordoba region, will power the equivalent of 32,000 homes and will be connected to the national grid via a 132kV Endesa substation located 500 metres from the site.

Construction on the project will begin in late Spring 2018. A Hive Energy release said the approval was emblematic of a growing trend towards unsubsidised solar parks in Spain. After a lengthy hiatus, the Spanish solar industry is indeed rolling again both with unsubsidised projects and multi-gigawatts of capacity auctioned out by the energy ministry last year.

Hive is already a pioneer of subsidy-free solar projects in the UK, with plans to build a 40MW plant in the county of Hampshire and an even more ambitous 350MW project in Kent through a partnership with EPC firm Wirsol.

Hive Energy’s Luis Martinez Hermida, said: “Hive Energy’s advantageous position in the Spanish solar market results from the early opening of Spanish offices in 2015. Back in 2015 there were few developers developing solar in Spain and there was little interest from funds. Three years later the market is one of the most attractive solar markets in the world.”

The firm currently owns 896MW of capacity spread across 14 solar projects in Spain. It also holds a pipeline of 20 projects, with planning and construction anticipated to begin during the next two years.

Last December, London-headquartered investment firm Foresight Group also started construction of a 3.9MW unsubsidised solar project in the municipality of Las Torres de Cotillas, Murcia region, southeast Spain.

Read Next

June 18, 2021
Lightsource BP has added 703MW to its Spanish pipeline through the acquisition of projects from Grupo Jorge, bringing its total pipeline in Spain to 3GW.
June 16, 2021
EQT infrastructure has announced a takeover bid for Solarpack, which owns approximately 450MW of operational solar PV projects.
June 15, 2021
Everwood Capital and the Prodiel Group have combined to create DVP Solar, a joint-venture (JV) focused on developing large-scale international photovoltaic projects, with gigawatts at various stages of development.
June 7, 2021
Solar PV power systems contributed to 11.4% of Spain’s power mix last month, setting a new record for monthly production, according to new data from grid operator Red Eléctrica de España.
PV Tech Premium
June 4, 2021
Spain’s PV sector has been boosted by a new auction mechanism that aims to support at least 10GW of capacity by 2025. José Donoso, general director of Spanish solar association UNEF, discusses what is driving growth and the various policies that the industry is asking for.
May 17, 2021
New Spanish government grants to support the deployment of self-consumption solar projects could result in 3.5GW of additional capacity, trade association UNEF has suggested.

Subscribe to Newsletter

Upcoming Events

Solar Media Events
July 6, 2021
Solar Media Events
August 24, 2021
Solar Media Events, Upcoming Webinars
October 6, 2021