RWE launches solar park in Portugal
The German renewable energy company RWE has launched its first large scale solar park at Morgavel near Sines.
It has a 46 MW capacity and covers a 112 hectare area on which 91,000 two-sided solar modules have been installed, capable of producing electricity to power the equivalent of 42,000 homes.
It is the first renewable energies project from the subsidiary RWE Renewables in Iberia in Portugal. “The will reinforce our already strong renewable energy footprint on the Iberian peninsula, as well as our international solar portfolio”, said RWE Iberia director Robert Navarro in the same communiqué.
After the coming on line of three new solar parks in Spain with a 98 MW capacity (Las Vaguadas, Casa Valdes and Puerta del Sol), and construction work starting on a project at Gazules (92 MWac) also in Spain, over the past 12 months, RWE currently has a solar capacity of 300 MW on the Iberian Peninsula, with six large-scale photovoltaic projects already in operation.
In the opposite direction, the Portuguese multinational energy provider EDP is planning to construct solar parks in Germany next year.
According to Pedro Vinagre, Executive Director of EDP Renewables (EDPR) for North and Central Europe, the company is planning for 150 mW of solar energy in Germany distributed between several projects.
In September, EDP Renewables unveiled in Poland its largest photovoltaic plant in Europe. The plant, located in Przykona, in the centre-west of the country, has an installed capacity of 200 MWp (153 MWac).
And in 2022, EDP Renewables reached an agreement to acquire a 70% stake in Kronos Solar Projects GmbH (“Kronos”), a solar developer company based in Germany. Kronos has been fully owned by its founders, which have retained a 30% stake in the company and continue involved in the daily management of the business.