Repsol generates power at Valdesolar PV solar farm in Spain
Repsol has begun generating electricity from Valdesolar, its largest photovoltaic (PV) solar farm in Spain. Located in the municipality of Valdecaballeros, in the western province of Badajoz, Valdesolar presently has 264 MW of installed capacity. María Victoria Zingoni, Repsol’s Executive Managing Director of Client and Low-Carbon Generation and chair of Repsol Electricidad y Gas, and Repsol’s Executive Director of Renewables, João Costeira, visited the ongoing construction work at what is already one of the premier photovoltaic assets in the region of Extremadura.
Representing an investment of €200 million, Valdesolar has 648,000 solar modules that are distributed across five large areas. They will be connected to the grid through a new electrical substation of 400 kV that is also included in the project.
The facility has begun trial production and is expected to be fully operational by the last third of 2021. This PV solar farm will power around 140,000 homes housing 350,000 people. This is roughly equivalent to the combined population of Badajoz, Cáceres, Mérida, and Plasencia: the four largest cities in the region of Extremadura.
The renewable power produced at Valdesolar will avoid a total of 211,564 tons in CO2 emissions per year. More than 2,400 people have participated in the construction of the solar farm, around a quarter of them from Extremadura.
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