Four Spanish companies announce wins in Canary Islands solar programme

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March 17 (Renewables Now) - Three Spanish utility majors and one independent power producer (IPP) announced that they have secured state aid for some 158.6 MW of combined capacity in the Canary Islands solar programme.

Results of the Spanish government and EU-backed SolCan programme were known on Friday, with the ministry for the ecological transition announcing that 65 projects totalling 255 MW would split the EUR-20-million (USD 23.8m) subsidy pot.

Since then, utilities Iberdrola SA (BME:IBE), Endesa SA (BME:ELE), Naturgy Energy Group SA (BME:NTGY) and renewables developer Ecoener SL issued statements confirming their awards.

Naturgy secured support for 44 MWp of solar projects it plans to realise on the islands of Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura. The company said that it will build the 11-MWp Puerto del Rosario plant in Fuerteventura. The rest of the capacity will be distributed between the El Escobar I and II projects of 3.4 MWp each, Gran Canaria I and II -- 6 MWp each, the 4.2-MWp Las Salinetas and the Telde complex.

The Telde plants I, II, IV and V will have 3.6 MWp, 1.9 MWp, 2.1 MWp and 1.8 MWp, respectively, according to the release.

Naturgy plans to start construction in 2021 and have the plants up and running next year.

Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria will also welcome Endesa, which will set five solar projects totalling 43.32 MW across the two islands.

Through its renewables unit Enel Green Power Espana, Endesa will build the 7-MW Arguineguin II and the 10.68-MW Lomo Gordo solar farms, both with energy storage, in Gran Canaria.

In Fuerteventura, the 7.54-MW Corralejo plant will have storage, while the 10.11-MW Quebrada del Mojeque and the 7.98-MW Puerto Lajas will be regular solar farms.

Construction is due to start in the fourth quarter of 2021, with commercial operations scheduled for the next fiscal year.

Iberdrola secured all of its capacity in Fuerteventura. The company said it will co-promote the 6-MW Huriamen I and the 15-MW Huriamen III projects, alongside the Llanos Pelaos I, II and III and Blanca Solar, which will have 15.5 MW in total. Iberdrola’s partners on these are PV engineering firm Ingeniería y Aplicaciones Solares and Energy Projects & Investment Capital (Energy Capital).

The promoters are still in the process of securing permits and expect to start commissioning the plants some time between this year and the next, Iberdrola said.

Finally, Ecoener will pocket EUR 3 million of the SolCan funds for 12 projects totalling 35 MW. The company said these projects, all in Gran Canaria, are already under construction and will start operation before the end of 2021.

(EUR 1.0 = 1.191)

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