Largest solar plant

Published: Thursday 31 May 2001

the world's biggest solar electric power plant -- as huge as 57 soccer fields -- will be built in the Murcia region of Spain. The plant will be four times larger than any existing photovoltaic ( pv ) power plant and its construction will cost us $65 million. Atersa, an us -Spanish joint venture, and Iberdrola, a Spanish utility, will carry out the construction and installation of the project. The consortium will be given incentives by the Murcia government, the Spanish government and the European Union. Murcia is one of the most favourable areas for pv installations and the plant will generate up to four per cent of the peak load of the region. "This project demonstrates the leading position of Spain within the growing European market for solar electric power," said Fernando Monera, president of Atersa.

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