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.
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.