Solel wins large order for solar receivers in Spain
Solar energy technology company Solel Solar Systems Ltd. has won a contract to supply 70,000 thermosolar receivers for three new solar power plants in Spain. The company will supply its UVAC 2008 receivers to two unnamed Spanish infrastructure companies, which are jointly building the power plants. The plants will have a production capacity of 50 megawatts each. The current order will be filled over the course of 2009. This is the largest order for the company’s systems to date. It follows an earlier order for 46,000 units for two 50 MW solar power plants in Spain (built by Aries Solar) which Solel announced in January.
The company is expanding in the two major markets for CSP (Concentrating Solar Power), the USA and Spain. In the latter country It is building an integrated manufacturing facility in the region of Andalusia for all solar field components at an investment of $140M (€90 million). It was a natural step for Solel, that has won a steady stream of contracts with Spanish developers lately.
In the USA, Solel is developing a huge solar project in California to supply 553 MW to Pacific Gas and Electric Company. According to the OC Business Journal, Solel plans to open its U.S. headquarters in Newport Beach (California) this year.