San Serván: 120 MW of photovoltaic power in Extremadura
Solar power capacity is growing in Extremadura. The company FRV is developing three photovoltaic plants, San Serván 6, 7 and 8, in the municipal area of Solana de los Barros, province of Badajoz, with a total installed capacity of a nominal 120 MW (138 MWp). Grupo Ortiz has been chosen to execute the plants and power evacuation infrastructure as an EPC project, as well as carrying out their operation and maintenance for a period of two years. This new project in Spain is a further extension of the Group’s experience in the development of renewable photovoltaic energy. It now has a total of over 1,800 MW of installed power capacity in more than 35 projects in 9 countries. The new solar plants occupy an area of around 350 hectares, currently used as livestock pasture. They will produce annual power of around 290 GWh, equivalent to the power consumption of around 83,000 households, and avoid the emission of over 70,000 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere. The creation of this solar park will involve the installation of over 300,000 bifacial monocrystalline panels, with peak power of 440 and 445 W. It will also have independent-row solar trackers (each row of panels moves using an independent system), a backtracking system to minimise panel shading, and an individual monitoring control system. The power produced by the three plants will be fed to the collector substation located in the San Serván 8 plant, from where it will be fed to the switching substation "Infraestructuras San Serván 220". Some 650 direct jobs, 150 in local companies, will be created during the infrastructure execution phase, estimated at 15 months.