Portuguese company Efacec announced last week that it has been contracted by EXUS Management Partners to build 38 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) farms in the country.
The deal is for two PV plants, the 12-MWp Casa Nova and the 24-MWp Tendeiros, located in the cities of Santiago do Cacem and Castelo de Vide. These are also Portugal’s first free-market solar parks, the company said.
Efacec will build the facilities on a turnkey basis with complete engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) works and operation and maintenance (O&M) services.
With the start of operations scheduled for later this year, the PV plants will cover an area of about 70 hectares (173 acres) and have an annual production capacity of more than 70 GWh, enough to meet the demand of more than 19,000 houses and offset about 3.3 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions annually.