Chiva: a key project for the energy transition and local development

FuturENERGY July-September 2021

Chiva un proyecto clave para la transición energética y el desarrollo local

According to the United Nations, energy sector emissions account for some 60% of global GHG emissions, helping compound the consequences of climate change. The need to decarbonise the economy has led to the launch of different initiatives to meet the commitments of Agenda 2030, as regards which, Spain has established an energy mix where 42% of final use energy must come from renewable sources so as to achieve sustainable economic, social and environmental development worldwide. In this regard, the projects being developed by Falck Renewables in Spain are contributing to both the state and European ecological transition objectives.

Falck Renewables in line with Spain’s climate objectives

The progressive penetration of renewables will help achieve the objectives of the three pillars for decarbonising Spain’s economy, as contained in the Strategic Energy and Climate Framework: the National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP), the draft Climate Change bill and the Fair Transition Strategy.

The projects that Falck Renewables are developing in Spain will help achieve this goal, which add up to over 1,600 MW, 450 of which are in the Community of Valencia. These feature the Chiva solar PV farm – an emblematic project for the company that will represent an investment of €110m. It is expected to come online in 2023 and will generate electricity to cover the consumption of 80,000 homes over its 35-year service life. Its 400 hectares will be divided into two different projects, with outputs of 100 and 80 MW each. Both projects will take place on the same site, evacuating power along the same line, which will reduce the environmental impact.