Endesa building 71.5 MW of solar farms at former coal mine in Spain
Solar farm construction starts at former Emma coal mine. Image source: Endesa (www.endesa.com)
Spanish utility Endesa SA (BME:ELE) has started construction of a pair of solar farms with 71.5 MW of combined capacity in an area where it once operated an open pit coal mine in the region of Castile-La Mancha, central Spain.
Through its renewables division Enel Green Power Espana (EGPE), the company will build the Estrella Solar plant on the land of the old Emma mine and the Encina al Sol solar farm in the vicinity. The solar farms will have 35.75 MW each.
The utility will invest EUR 40 million (USD 38.9m) in the two projects, it said.
Estrella Solar and Encina al Sol will be equipped with 128,000 bifacial modules in total. Once in operation, the pair will generate 140.85 GWh of electricity per year, Endesa said.
The company completely restored the land at Emma since ending coal extraction in late 2015. The old mining site will also host EGPE’s 117-MW Rocinante solar park project, which is currently in the permitting stage, the group added.
Estrella Solar, Encina al Sol and Rocinante are all part of a renewables portfolio that EGPE is bringing to the Castile-La Mancha region. In it are five solar and three wind power projects totalling 497 MW that will start operations by the end of 2022.
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