Project briefing - Europe’s flagship post-subsidy project up close


By Tom Kenning, Solar Media

It is ironic that Spain, whose government is infamous for its history of damaging PV policy U-turns, is also now home to the figurehead project of large-scale solar’s return in Europe after years of hiatus. The Don Rodrigo project in the southern region of Andalusia is the first mega-scale PV system to go without subsidies on the continent, standing at 175MW capacity.

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