Spain’s first grid-connected floating PV plant

FuturENERGY April-May 2020

Acciona has started building the first grid-connected floating solar PV plant in Spain, in the region of Extremadura. This initiative is a demonstration project, designed to study the most suitable technical solutions for the installation of solar panels on lakes and reservoirs. floating PV is becoming an increasingly popular option in many regions of the world, especially those that do not offer vast amounts of available land or ideal geographical conditions.

The plant, which is scheduled for completion by the middle of this year, is located close to the southern shore of the Sierra Brava reservoir, in the municipal district of Zorita (Cáceres). Sierra Brava is an artificial 1,650-hectare reservoir built in 1996 and fed by the waters of the Pizarroso stream. With an area of 12,000 m2, the floating solar plant will occupy around 0.07% of the reservoir’s surface.