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Eiffage Centrale Solaire, photo credit: Xavier Boymond

French contractor Eiffage Énergie Systèmes, through its Spanish subsidiary Eiffage Energía, has been awarded the EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) contract by Elawan Energy for the Campanario mega solar plant in Spain, in a deal worth over €120 million.

Located in Bonete in the Albacete province, the project involves building five adjacent photovoltaic plants, each with a 50 MWp capacity for a total output of 250 MWp.

In total over 563,000 solar modules producing 440 Wp to 445 Wp each will be installed across a 400-hectare site.

This translates to the Campanario plant powering almost 122,000 homes and is estimated to generate 96.5 GWp of energy annually.

Moreover, through the use of photovoltaic energy, the plant’s operation is expected to result in 187,000 tonnes of avoided CO2 emissions.

The energy generated will be transformed by 67 inverters and electricity generation will be centralised by a single electric substation equipped with three transformers.

A 3.4km long power line will be built to connect what Eiffage claims will be Europe’s largest collector of renewable energy, already powered by a number of existing renewable energy facilities nearby.

The handover of this major new Spanish infrastructure is set to take place at the end of 2021.

Since 2010, Eiffage Energía has built 70 solar plants all over the world – in Spain, Africa, South America and the Caribbean – for a total of over 2.3 GWp of installed capacity.

Recently the company built another 35.6 MWp Torrijos photovoltaic plant in Novés, Spain, which was built by Eiffage Energía for Elawan Energy and was inaugurated in early 2020.

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