Aura Power and Ib Vogt are to begin construction work on a 27MWp solar project near Leiria in Portugal. The grid connection for the project was awarded in the 2019 solar power auctions. The grid works scheduled to begin in mid February by EDP Comercial. Ib Vogt will then begin construction of the solar farm in May. Construction is expected to be completed in Q4 this year with energization expected shortly after. The solar farm is located 120km north of Lisbon and 6km to the south of the city of Leiria. It lies adjacent to the EREDES(DNO) Azoia substation which it will connect directly into, at the 60KV voltage level. With an energy generation of 44GWh per year, the solar farm will provide enough clean electricity to power over 13,500 homes, preventing the emissions of over 9,000 tonnes of CO2 entering the atmosphere each year.
Aura Power chief operating officer Ben Moore said: “We are really pleased to announce the construction of this project which is the first Utility Scale PV farm in Portugal to be developed organically and constructed all the way to COD by a British company. “It is the first of many that we are bringing through our pipeline all the way to COD and we are proud to be able to help contribute towards Portugal’s commendable 2026 and 2050 net zero targets.” Portugal has an ambitious target to reach 80% clean electricity production by 2026, four years earlier than previously planned. Aura Power has over 20GW of solar and battery energy storage projects in development across Europe and North America.
Credits: renews.biz/ [Image: Ib Vogt ]