The world´s largest PV solar plant open in Southern Spain

With an installed peak power of 23 MW (updated), the solar park at Jumilla, Murcia (Southeastern Spain) is the world’s current highest capacity PV plant and the most efficient to-date.

It took a team of 400 people 11 months to build the Jumilla plant, where 120,000 solar panels are grouped into 200 separate photovoltaic arrays -owned by different investors- to convert light from the sun into electricity. It’s expected to generate an estimated annual income of $28 million (€19 million) and a reduction in CO2 emissions of 42,000 tons a year.

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The plant covers an area of 100 hectares in La Hoya de Vicentes, Jumilla, (see picture) where the local Mayor says 300 days of sun a year are guaranteed. Its total annual production will be the equivalent of the energy used by 20,000 homes.

The project developer was Luzentia Group. Luzentia awarded the construction of the park to Elecnor, a company with a solid background in engineering and the solar industry. The solar arm of Elecnor, Atersa, worked as the systems integrator, with solar panels coming from different firms, due to the size of the project. Besides Atersa, the other providers were Solon, Yingli, Suntech and Ningbo.

Powerlight (Sunpower Corp.) provides its patented single-axis solar trackers to improve the system´s performance.

Different measures were taken following the recommendations from a local association, Juncellus, to ensure high environmental criteria in the construction of the plant. They included replanting an area of almost 5.4 thousand square yards around the plant, water deposits for fires, drinking troughs for birds and other such details.

According to the figures given by the Spanish Minister of Industry at its inauguration earlier this month, renewable energy currently accounts for around 7% of the total primary energy produced in the country, and will reach 10% in 2010 if biomass production is added onto the energy produced by solar and wind farms. Spain will be able to reach the European Union’s target of a 20% share by 2020, he said.

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57 Comments on “The world´s largest PV solar plant open in Southern Spain”

  1. anjleena Says:

    very useful information


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  3. RR Says:

    And this is better than using nukes why? All the toxins used to make solar panels? All the trees clear-cut? This is a religious sacrifice to the (false) god of solar power. What idiots.

  4. RTL Says:

    Actually, this area is primarily scrub (as you can see in the photo) and about as forested as the Mojave Desert.

    Also, the release said they replanted 5.4 square yards! That must have taken them minutes!

    (By contrast, of course, nuclear plants take no toxins to make, produce no toxins and take up zero space. RR should probably think before name calling.)

  5. Russ Says:

    RTL – I agree… looks like Scrub to me. Also… you just can’t beat solar today!

    Russ
    http://www.GadgetKing.com

  6. lbrice Says:

    To RR: To check on how safe nuclear is, read this article at Forbes (Waste mismanagement), a little mess with a $85 billion tab to be picked up by the American taxpayer.

    To RTL: Thanks for the comment about the number of yards, you made me realize about a typo in the conversion (a “thousand” was lacking), which I have corrected; my bad, apologies🙂

    To RTL and Russ: About it being scrub, well, if some areas have just been replanted, no wonder they look like scrub, they must be pretty small still. Anyway, the trees probably chosen are Mediterranean pine, not too far from the look of scrub. Besides, we don´t know how the slopes looked before the plant, do we? Maybe they were completely barren.

  7. Monkey Man Says:

    Nuclear power is safe!

    Click here to see why! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pripyat,_Ukraine


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  13. […] Spain has now completed the largest solar photo-voltaic installation in the world when the switch was thrown on the facility located at La Hoya de Vicentes, Jumilla. The facility contains 120,000 total solar panels grouped onto 200 arrays and mounted on multi-access articulated platforms which track the sun through the day. The project has surpassed Waldpolenz Solar Park, which was supposed to be larger but is currently very badly behind schedule and over budget. This makes it the biggest and stupidest expression of solar technology… ever. Finally it’s been proven that not only Germans enjoy generating electricity by burning money. […]

  14. David Davis Says:

    You oculd have built two nuclear power stations on that land. Alternatively, you could have fulfilled you obligation to the biosphere and put up an oil/gas/coal-fired one, so as to raise the atmospheric CO2 partial pressure to nearly-safe levels again. It has never been so low in the geological history of the planet, and many scientists are worried (check it out.).

    • Mark Simpson Says:

      Very likely you could have built 2 nuclear reactors but you would also have to find room for –
      1. the cooling towers
      2. a lake to supply the water for the steam turbines
      3. an underground or open cut mine to supply the uranium for the reactor
      4. an area where the nuclear waste can be stored indefinitely
      5. a moderate sized town to house those in charge of the running and security of the nuclear rectors.

  15. lbrice Says:

    Well, I am only transmitting the story, not really in the business of building power plants, nuclear or otherwise. I do not understand the second part of your comment, Is there a link that is missing where I may read more about that phenomenon you mention?


  16. […] in funzione in questi giorni la più grande centrale solare fotovoltaica del mondo. E’ a Jumilla, in Spagna. Occupa 100 ettari di terreno sul quale il sole batte per 300 giorni […]

  17. Emanuel Says:

    THE BIGGEST IS IN PORTUGAL

    PORTUGAL has now completed the largest solar photo-voltaic installation in the world when the switch was thrown on the facility located at Moura, Alentejo.

    for 30.000 houses!!! BE TRUE

    Thanks

  18. lbrice Says:

    Hi, Emanuel
    The key word here is “operational”. You may read here that I already mentioned the plant in Moura almost a year ago Upping the ante in PV solar plants, but I have not seen a story confirming that it is already in service. If you are certain of it, please, I would appreciate the link, as I intend to do a post about it (after all, it has been developed by a Spanish company).

  19. lbrice Says:

    Hi, Emanuel
    Thanks for the link. As I suspected, only some 2,5 MW are online right now, so I do not think they have inaugurated it officially. I will wait until they do.

  20. Astralis Says:

    Look at how they destroyed that land for so little electricity.

  21. Dawn Says:

    Hi, I am looking for supplier and installers of solar panels etc, I’m not too far away from the new site. Can anyone help? Thanks

  22. Wen Hsu Says:

    Dear PV Experts:

    Taiwan is going to build a PV power plant with 5MW size.
    Supprisingly, we face the differnt voice on this PV plant.
    Som environmental group says this will affect the season birds which
    comes to Taiwan on the winter days. So they reject this clean energy.
    Is there any published articles on the PV reflection on birds which
    hinder their lives or flying habbits?
    I will appreciate any comment.

    Wen-Fu Hsu
    National Applied Research Lab.
    renewable.3e@gmail.com

  23. sajjad tohidi Says:

    Thanks a lot for this usful information. But I have a question about the price of installing this huge plant.

  24. fireofenergy Says:

    The CPV industry has the ability to collect many hundreds of times the energy before any rare elements are used up! This means that if, for example, “only” 400 gigawatts of production is available from estimated mining researves of indium, CPV would increase that by up to 800 times!

    You do the math. Tell me if it is enough to “convert” the whole planet to clean electricity `~’

    Reasonable feed in tariffs and the solar printer makes it possible on a very large (and already taken) scale. Say yes on solar (or destroy the planet).

  25. Mr D Wood Says:

    Who do i contact for a solar farm on my 30,000 M2 plot of land in Andalucia ?


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  27. g.loups Says:

    I would prefer to have a mixed deciduous forest on that site and have all the home owners in the surronding 500 square miles invest in these energy units on their home roofs instead….saves a lot of
    green land destruction !!

  28. Celal Cezim Says:

    It says “300 days of sun a year” above, but not says ‘hours of sun a day’ in Jumilla. Do you konow this data?


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  30. judy Says:

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  31. g s yadav Says:

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    We hope to read from you asap.

    Thanks
    Lamin Buba General Manager
    Lambub Enterprises
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    Dakar,Senegal
    Tel 00221777395002.
    E-Mail lambub_enterprises@yahoo.co.uk


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  34. Mike DaRosa Says:

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  35. lambart Says:

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    ATTN GODFREY LAMBART
    ATTN TO THE SALES DEPARTMENT
    RE: PURCHASE OF SOLAR PANELS GEN SETS ETC
    We are a Company in uganda dealing in the above mentioned items .
    For that matter we would like to get a price quotation C&F KENYA Iinternational air port.
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    We hope ouR request will meet your kind approval and avail us with the requested information as soon as you are ready with it.
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  38. Your project is truly inspiring. You are an example to the world and especially to Australia where I am based now.
    Well done and keep spreading the message.

  39. solar lights Says:

    Good post! I think that time for adopting green energy sources has arrived.

  40. cgcreamer Says:

    100 hectares (~247 acres) for 23 MW of power! Currently planned nuclear site to deliver 2300 MW on 218 acres or 88 hectares. That makes a lot of sense. Nuclear Power – the clean green “common sense” machine!

  41. william isn't scared of his name Says:

    i really love how folks are spouting nuclear power. i guess no one remembers chernobyl. oh well.. moving on.. even with the ‘greenhouse gases’ pv creates, it takes 10x as much out of the air, by taking reactors that are just using ‘clean coal’ (LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING ELSE MORONS, THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS CLEAN NUCLEAR OR CLEAN COAL, ITS ALL MARKETING!). so before you rant about something idiots like yourself hardly know about, be sure to get your facts straight. pv is the cleanest energy known to man. it can be printed on almost any surface. can you do that with coal or nuclear? NO. nuclear h as cost us 1000 times the lives that PV has.


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