Lightsource BP has launched its flagship 247 MW solar project in Spain.
The total output of the five-project cluster in Zaragoza will be delivered to BP’s European electricity trading team under a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA).
Lightsource BP Spain Country Manager Fernando Roger said: “The connection of our Vendimia project really shows the resilience of solar energy.
“We had to face many challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but our team and our trusted partners stayed focused and have now completed our first project in Spain.
“Special thanks also go to all the landowners involved for their continued support in this project.
Around 615,000 bifacial solar modules with multi-row tracker technology have been installed on 650 hectares of land, which enables the modules to follow the sun and maximize the efficiency of energy generation.
In addition, two overhead lines with a length of 18 km and 20 km were built to feed the solar power into the local grid.
The construction process was handled by Lightsource BP’s contractor, Prodiel, an Andalusian engineering, procurement and construction company, and over 600 local jobs have been created during that time.
Prodiel will continue to maintain the solar cluster for the next two years as part of an operating and maintenance contract.
The opening ceremony took place today and was attended by Roger, BP’s Country Manager in Spain, Carlos Barrasa, Director of Economic Development in Aragon of the Spanish Government, Rene Gomez Lopez de Munain and Almochuel Mayor Angel Gascon. Moliner, under other authorities.
The long-term nature of the solar park (which will typically last around 30 years) offered opportunities to promote local biodiversity, including planting native species and protecting a cattle trail that runs through the site.
Lightsource bp also worked closely with the NGO DEMA to install a nesting building for the Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni) on the edge of the site to provide a safe nesting site for a new colony of this tiny falcon.
The main objective is to develop a program to release kestrels for at least four years in order to create a new colony for the species throughout the enclave.