Following the visit to Europe’s Biggest Dam: The Alqueva Dam located in Alentejo, Portugal, we also decided to visit the nearby solar platform, the 8th largest in the world: Central Solar Fotovoltaica de Amareleja.
The project began in late 2007, taking 13 months to build. The first three MegaWatts (MW) were built right in the beginning, whereas the rest of the facility only began to take shape during the year of 2008. On the 29th of December of 2008, the Spanish company Acciona Energia announced that the solar platform had started working in its entirety, after an initial investment of 261 million euros.
The company Acciona Energia, which owns the facility 100%, initially bought it in January 2007 from Moura’s Municipality (88%), from company Comoiprel (2%) and from company Renatura Networks consultant (10%).
The solar platform has an installed capacity of 46 MW and will produce 93 million kilowatts/hour (kWh), per year, equivalent to the consumption of 30 000 families, and avoiding the emission of 89.383 tons of annual carbon dioxide (CO2).
The platform also occupies 250 hectares (2500000 square meters), and is composed of 2.520 solar followers, with 262.080 photovoltaic modules.
More pictures and video footage available in the following youtube video:
History and numbers source: Radio Notícias TSF