June 24 (Renewable Energy Now) – UK Lightsource BP announced on Thursday that it has reached commercial operation of the 247 MWp solar PV farm Vendimia in Spain, its first solar project in the country.
Vendimia is a cluster of five projects with an area of ââover 650 hectares (1,606 acres) and around 615,000 bifacial solar modules installed on multi-row tracker technology, the company said.
The location is in the province of Zaragoza in the Aragon region, where the Lightsource team plans to start building a further 148.5 MWp solar projects this year.
The Spanish EPC specialist Prodiel SL took over the construction, which in addition to the system also included the construction of two overhead lines. Prodiel also secured the operation and maintenance contract (O&M) to maintain the Vendimia cluster for the next two years.
The entire power of the solar park is supplied to the European power trading team of BP Plc (LON: BP), a British oil and gas company that also supports Lightsource BP.
Lightsource entered the Iberian market in 2019 through the purchase of a 300 MW solar project pipeline in Spain from renewable energy company Forestalia. Since then, the solar energy business has grown its project development pipeline in the country to over 3 GW.