Largest first solar PV power plant in Spain

The Spanish system integrator, Assyce Fotovoltaica, is constructing thelargest First Solar free-field solar power plant in Extremadura, with acapacity of more than 26 MWp. The power plant with a land area of 69hectares should be completed by the end of the year and will generatemore than 42 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year.

"The area offers very good conditions for photovoltaics," explains LuisGarrido, managing director of Assyce Fotovoltaica. "Due to the highlevel of solar radiation in the south of Spain, we can expect a verygood yield of electricity."

The electricity yield will alsobenefit from the implementation of a new transformer technology. "Incontrast to traditional power plants, electricity loss is considerablyreduced," says Luis Garrido.

Assyce is also implementing in this project the worldwide established inverter system technology frommarket-leader SMA Technology AG, based in Kassel, Germany. Thirty sixtransformer stations will be built up on the 69-hectare site. With morethan 337,000 modules capturing solar radiation, Assyce Fotovoltaica,currently the only First Solar system integrator in Spain, is puttingits trust in First Solar’s thin film technology which has already proven its worth in many other solar power plants.

"The modules arevery effective and durable and they are perfect for use in hot climateregions," explains Luis Garrido. The First Solar modules offer a highlevel of operating reliability for the project. Assyce Fotovoltaica hasbeen working together with First Solar with excellent success for years. Basically this partnership makes the realisation of this remarkablelarge-scale project possible.

The construction of the free-fieldsolar power plant began at the end of January. The whole power plantshould be completed by the end of the year at the latest. With theeco-friendly solar electricity over 30 tonnes of carbon dioxide could be saved every year and the electricity yield is enough to energize morethan 14,000 four-person households for a whole year.

"We aremaking an important contribution to the climate protection and to theexpansion of renewable energy resources," explains Luis Garrido. "Powerfrom the sun always has a future and will remain an important pillar ofrenewable energy."

Due to the limitation of 200 Megawatts peryear for new free-field solar power plants (since the end of 2008),Assyce is particularly excited about being able to construct a powerplant with a dimension of 10 percent of the total annual volume together with First Solar.

Assyce Fotovoltaica is one of the pioneers in the Spanish free-field solar power plant market. The company, based inPadul (Granada), has already constructed more than 12 solar power plants all over Spain over the last few years.

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