GRS has successfully started construction of the 122MW Carmonita Norte solar project in Badajoz, for Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV). This is the fourth major project signed in Spain by the Gransolar company. The Carmonita Norte development, a cluster consisting of three photovoltaic plants, will take advantage of the favourable conditions of Extremadura thanks to its climatic and orographic characteristics. A third of the total installed solar power capacity in all of Spain was commissioned in 2022 in this region, GRS said. The three plants that make up Carmonita Norte will have a common interconnection infrastructure and an elevator substation, as well as a 220KV high voltage line distributed over 6.7km. They will total more than 185,000 large bifacial solar panels spread over an area of more than 260 hectares. GRS will also be responsible for the EPC of the collector infrastructure, consisting of a 220KV to 400KV elevator substation plus its line, which will serve as the last connection point for the Carmonita Norte, Carmonita Oeste and Carmonita Sur clusters, with a total transformer capacity of close to 1GW.
The pile-driving works of the structures that will support the modules and solar trackers supplied by PV Hardware have begun almost a month ahead of schedule. The plant is expected to be fully operational in the second half of 2023. Fernando Salinas, managing director of FRV Iberia, said: “The construction of Carmonita Norte is great news for FRV, which continues to expand its clean energy portfolio in Spain and, thus, consolidating its role as a leading renewable energy company, as well as for Extremadura, which has a series of excellent conditions to host projects that allow clean energy to continue to grow, with the positive impact that this has both environmentally and on the local community, generating wealth and employment in the region.” GRS chief operating officer Jordi Vega added: “A few months of hard work and interesting challenges await us, but also of reaping the rewards of the capabilities we have demonstrated to complete large projects and that have allowed us to meet the needs of our customers. “In this sense, we are grateful for the opportunity of FRV to collaborate again in the creation of a large photovoltaic project that will contribute to making the step to clean energies.”
Credits: renews.biz [Image: GRS]