Spain: 1.2 MW solar power plants for water company, sports facilities and schools

Conergy and Gamma Solutions realise 9 solar plants on public buildings

Hamburg / Madrid, 20 May 2013 – There's a sunny outlook for 9 public facilities in Spain, including some schools, sports facilities, a water company and government buildings. In the future, more than 5,000 solar modules installed on the roofs of these buildings, which Conergy supplied to its partner and general contractor Gamma Solutions, will deliver a total of 1.8 million kilowatt hours of clean solar power a year, sufficient to supply over 500 Spanish households.

Installed on the roofs of the buildings of a public water company in Perafort and Vandellos in Tarragona, two solar power plants with a combined capacity of 500 kilowatt will be ensuring emission-free water treatment. Together, they will be producing 750,000 kilowatt hours per year – five times the amount that the inhabitants of the village of Perafort consume each year. Conergy equipped four further plants with a total capacity of 450 kilowatt in the wine region of La Rioja: two on sports halls, one on a state school and another one on the historic city archives of Logroo, the provincial capital of the autonomous region of La Rioja on the Ebro River in northern Spain. They will be generating around another 600,000 kilowatt hours of clean solar power for the public sector. And the outlook is also sunny for sporting activities in Bailn in Jan Province, where two further plants were built on top of sports halls. These are complemented by a power plant on the rooftops of the building housing the city council to provide a total capacity of close to 300 kilowatt.

"With these projects, the councils are clearly going for sustainability and quality," said Luis Jimnez Gutierrez, Managing Director of Conergy Spain. "The rooftop plants supply the electricity during the day, when it is needed in the public facilities. Schools and universities in particular, but also other government buildings, are ideally suited for solar power. Only recently, a Conergy carport plant was connected to the grid on the campus of the University of Almera, for instance. We also see great potential for the future in this sector – particularly as the cost for solar power is already lower than for power from the grid in Spain today."

Conergy partner Gamma Solutions acts as both investor and general contractor. "With these plants, we are expanding our project portfolio to 10 megawatt of installed capacity," said David Huete, Energy Manager of Gamma Solutions. "At the same time, we are fulfilling an educational mission by allowing Spanish pupils to experience electricity generation first hand. In future, electricity from renewable energies will gain further in importance, and we as a company intend to participate in this development."

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