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Published on June 28th, 2013 | by James Ayre


Unsubsidized Solar Power Project Totaling 250 MW Going Up In Spain

June 28th, 2013 by  

This article originally appeared on Solar Love.

A completely unsubsidized 250 MW solar energy project is currently being developed in the north-western region of Cádiz, Spain — near the town of Trebujena. The Spain-based solar energy company Tentusol is behind the very large project, which will eventually cover an area of around 800 hectares.

Image Credit: Cádiz, Spain via Wikimedia Commons

Image Credit: Cádiz, Spain via Wikimedia Commons


The €275 million project will be built over a period of 2–3 years in five separate phases of 50 MW each. The first phase is expected to be connected by the end of 2015, and the final phase by the end of 2017.

Once completed, the solar park will feature somewhere around 90,000 PV panels, which will generate about 420,000 MWh a year. That’s enough to power around 117,000 homes in the region, according to Tentusol.

The chairman of the board for Tentusol — Fernando López Gil — is apparently quite proud that his company has had the fortitude to bring this project to completion despite the Spanish government’s (probably unlawful and also unwarranted) abrupt cutting of solar feed-in tariffs last year.

The project is expected to generate a fair number of jobs — directly, about 536 temporary construction jobs and a further 60-100 permanent jobs once the project is operational.

Tentusol has been in business since 2006, but prior to this 250 MW project it has only completed 15 MW of solar power projects. This is clearly a huge step forward for the company.

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  • JamesWimberley

    The photo certainly isn’t of Cadiz, a major port, nor does Wikimedia claim it is. May be Teba.

  • Lexus

    Actually Cádiz is in SOUTH-western spain, the oldest city in the country and sitting in a slice of land surrounded by the sea. A really sunny place (in northern spain the climate is almost british-like).

    • Lexus

      Ops, sorry I misunderstood you.

  • Bob_Wallace

    $1.43/watt in the sunny Southwest. Less than $0.06/kWh.

  • Bob_Wallace

    250 MW for €275 million.



    Wasn’t someone just arguing that we wouldn’t like see solar at $1.50/watt until after 2020?

  • It can generate 420,000 MWh a year (not 420,000 MW).

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