Juwi gets CNMC approval for 450-MW solar project in Spain
Solar park in Spain. Author: Som Energia Cooperativa. License: Creative Commons. Attribution 2.0 Generic
Spain's market and competition authority CNMC has approved a 450-MW solar project of German developer Juwi, El Pais reported this week.
The mega solar power plant, which is said to become the largest in Europe, is to be built on a 1,088-ha (2,689 acres) land plot in the municipality of Mula in the region of Murcia. The project, being developed by the German company's Promosolar Juwi unit, received clearance from the Ministry of Environmental Affairs in 2015. It was awarded a "Strategic Project" status by Murcia's government in May 2013 in an attempt to speed up the authorisation process.
According to a document from CNMC, the approval is granted in view of additional information showing that in 2016 and early 2017 the project developer has carried out actions required to ensure its economic and financial capacity.
After several years of standstill, Spain's renewables industry got a stir last month, when the country held a 3-GW auction, that was however, awarded nearly all of the capacity to wind projects. It has announced plans for a new 3-GW auction before the summer.