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BayWa set to begin construction on 170MW solar plant in Spain

CTBR Staff Writer Published 11 April 2018

BayWa is set to begin construction on the 170MW Don Rodrigo solar plant in Spain following the signing of power purchase agreement (PPA) with Statkraft.

The two companies have recently concluded a 15-year PPA for the solar plant which is located south of Seville. It is claimed to be one of the first solar projects in Europe to be constructed without any subsidies.

The agreement also marks Statkraft's entry into the Spanish market, as a major European provider of PPAs. 

BayWa said that it has started preliminary work on the solar power project, which is expected to be commissioned by the end of this year.

The plant will generate about 300GWh of clean energy and will be located on a piece of 265 hectares of land. The energy generated from the plant will be sufficient to meet annual power consumption of about 93,000 average Spanish households.

Statkraft market operations & it executive vice president Hallvard Granheim said: “With Power Purchase Agreements like the one for Don Rodrigo we are ensuring the long-term financing of new plants and are thus enabling further development of renewable energy across Europe.

“Statkraft is bringing together pan-European electricity producers and companies from trade and industry, and is developing new concepts that add value for both sides. Our customers benefit from our decades of experience in supplying renewable energy at long-term predictable and competitive prices.”

In March, BayWa had made a deal to acquire 70% in a project pipeline of about 2GW solar portfolio in the Netherlands from a consortium led by GroenLeven Group for an undisclosed price.

The deal with the Netherlands-based solar project developer will mark the entry of the Germany-based BayWa in the Dutch solar project business.

Recently, BayWa has connected seven solar farms with a total output of 76MW to the grid in the UK.

Image: BayWa begins construction of the solar park in Spain. Photo: Courtesy of BayWa r.e. renewable energy GmbH.