MADRID: The fact that we can implement such a project without state funding is largely thanks to the continual improvement of system design and building costs,” said Benedikt Ortmann, managing director, BayWa r.e. Solar Projects GmbH. “Building one of the first subsidy-free solar projects of this size in Europe is a ground-breaking milestone; both for us as an international renewable energy company and also for the future of the European PV market,” added Ortmann.
It is the first project in Spain for Norwegian power provider Statkraft, as it looks to build on its portfolio of 15GW.
The plant will be based on 1500V architecture and will use Huawei string inverters.
“With PPAs like the one for Don Rodrigo we are ensuring the long-term financing of new plants and are thus enabling further development of renewable energy across Europe,” said Hallvard Granheim, executive VP market operations & IT at Statkraft. “Statkraft is bringing together pan-European electricity producers and companies from trade and industry, and is developing new concepts that add value for both sides.”
BayWa r.e. said the combination of high irradiation at the site and optimised system design and procurement contributed to the project’s economics stacking up without state intervention.