April 12 (Renewables Now) - Spanish airport operator Aena SME SA (BME:AENA) has said that it has awarded a contract for the execution of a 120-MW/142.42-MWp solar project at Madrid airport to domestic builder Construcciones San Jose.
The contractor was awarded EUR 99.1 million (USD 107.6m) to provide engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning and maintenance services, and was given a deadline of 50 months to complete the work.
The installation process will require more than 235,000 PV modules, or enough to cover some 353 football pitches, according to Aena. The panels will be arranged in arrays on different plots within the grounds of Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas Airport.
Once in operation, the solar power systems will be capable of generating some 212 GWh per year.
The initiative is part of Aena’s Photovoltaic Plan, which the airport operator launched in 2020 with the aim of securing 100% renewable power supply for its network by 2026.
There is another solar project in the works at the Madrid-Barajas Airport. That solar plant will supply 7 MW of power for self-consumption use in 2023, when it is due to be commissioned, Aena added.
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