Endesa reinforces its environmental commitment

Endesa, Spain´s largest utility, has announced it is set to build that country’s biggest solar energy plant in San Roque (Cadiz, Andalusia).

Company officials estimate that the 20.1 megawatt pv solar plant will save 13,300 tons of CO2 emissions a year. The decision to build a plant using this type of technology meets environmental criteria as these facilities produce no greenhouse gases whatsoever.

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The location is ideal not only because of the amount of solar radiation it receives but also because photovoltaic cells work better near the coast, where average summer temperatures are cooler, company officials said in a statement.

The project is part of Endesa’s plan for development of clean energies, which proposes 100 megawatts of new solar energy in the next five years.The first stage of the plant will have 12.3 megawatts of installed power covering 91 acres. Endesa Generation will start work in July.

In another sign of the commitment of the company to sustainable development, Endesa´s Northwest Hydro Production Unit  has been recently awarded the UNE-ISO environmental management certification. The firm said that this marks the end of an exhaustive inspection of all Endesa hydroelectric facilities in Spain, based on detailed environmental and report diagnostics, underway since 2005.
The certification accredits this Unit’s activities to be environmentally friendly, in line with the company’s other hydro plants, which have also reached this level of environmental efficiency.

From its base in Northwestern Spain, this Hydro Production Unit manages 21 plants with a combined installed capacity of over 891 MW.

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2 Comments on “Endesa reinforces its environmental commitment”

  1. Matt Says:

    This is all very encouraging. It’s almost as if Spain and Portugal are trying to out do each other on mega renewable projects. Portugal announced a similar solar project last year in partnership with GE.

  2. lbrice Says:

    Yes, that is a 11 MW plant in Serpa (Southern Portugal), that was completed in January this year. The thing with these plants the pace is so fast, that the newest developments dwarf what such a short time ago seemed incredible.

    In Portugal, Acciona is slated to build a 42 MW (1st phase in 2008) and 62 MW in 2010
    (See: http://www.renewableenergyaccess.com/rea/news/story?id=46109)

    But, now, they are jumping to 80 MW, like the plant planned for Brandis (Germany) (by City Solar AG) or the one just announced for California, by Cleantech.
    (See: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2007/07/largest_solar_farm_ever.php)

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