Soltec has started supplying and installing its equipment at an 84.7 MW solar PV power plant in Spain. Other such projects are on the near horizon. The European Union’s clean energy directive sets a binding target of 20 percent final power consumption from renewable sources by 2020, and Spain will comply or exceed.
Located in the Region of Murcia in Southeast Spain, the PV power plant will benefit from high solar irradiation and optimal climate conditions. Adding value to the project are Soltec’s headquarters and the Solhub logistics center within a few miles of the construction site. Around 2,900 units of Soltec’s SF7 seventh generation horizontal single-axis solar tracker will be supplied.
Corporate Social Responsibility is having an important role in this project. Soltec is training local people for employment in construction, and disabled persons will carry out appropriate tasks. Underground offtake cabling and a wildlife corridor are incorporated to reduce environmental impact in addition to standard SF7 features that reduce earth grading, earth penetrations, and emissions during construction.
CEO of Soltec Raúl Morales explains: “Our standard tracker features reduce material and installation time compared to others. SF7 has fewer piles-per-MW, a lower parts count, fewer installation operations, and greater tolerance of construction variables among other advantages. The combined result of higher yield performance and robust design is what customers rely on when choosing us.”