Naturgy turns sod on new 50-MW solar farm in Spain

Solar panels. Author: Frédéric BISSON. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic.

April 29 (Renewables Now) - Spanish power and gas utility Naturgy Energy Group SA (BME:NTGY) announced on Thursday that it has broken ground on a 50-MW solar PV farm in Spain's region of Extremadura.

The project, known as Las Jaras de Badajoz, will require an investment of around EUR 28 million (USD 29.3m).

Once up and running, the solar facility should be able to generate over 122.9 GWh per year, or enough to power some 35,200 homes.

Naturgy said that its project will create some 360 jobs during the construction, and operation and maintenance phases.

The Spanish utility operates the Extremadura region's only wind farm, the Merengue. It said that is currently building another wind farm and two solar plants in the region, and has more than 450 renewable energy projects designed for the area in advanced stages of permitting.

(EUR 1.0 = USD 1.049)

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