High-concentration photovoltaics developer Opel International and its Spanish partner, Betasol, have finished the first phase of a planned four-phase, 440kW utility-grade solar power plant in Tarragona, Spain. This initial 110KW phase is one of the first HCPV installations supplying commercial electricity to the power grid and is already generating revenue for Betasol, the partners said.
The installation features dual-axis tracker-mounted Opel Mk-I HCPV panels, which can focus more than 500 suns onto high-efficiency multijunction GaAs solar cells. The companies expect the remainder of the system to be completed during the third quarter.
“This installation has attracted great interest of potential customers in both Europe and Africa,” said Robert Pico, CEO of Opel.
Jesus Cabetas, managing Director of Beetasol, noted that his company’s “partnership with Opel using its HCPV panels greatly improved the system’s efficiency, thus making the rate of return provided by the Spanish feed-in tariff structure even more attractive to investors.”