SENS constructs further solar parks in southern Spain and near capital Madrid
STEAG Solar Energy Solutions (SENS) is getting ever closer to its 500 megawatts (MW) target in the Spanish photovoltaic market with another major order.
The successful development of the Würzburg-based STEAG subsidiary continues under the sunny skies of Spain. With the signing of the contract for the Colmena project, SENS has come a big step closer to its expansion target of 500 MW. During the project, a total of 144 megawatts (MWp) – generated by a cluster of twelve PV parks – will be installed in southern Spain as well as in the surroundings of Madrid. Only recently, SENS secured the contract for the 180 MW Tinosa project, which will be implemented in the Andalusian region from mid-2020.
SENS Iberica as EPC
As the general contractor, the experts from SENS’ Spanish subsidiary STEAG Solar Energy Solutions Iberica will be responsible for the planning and implementation of the project and will construct the parks before handing them over on a turnkey basis. The new Colmena project cluster has been developed in cooperation with the partner Circle Energy.
Construction work to begin as early as the third quarter of 2020
Following successful approval, construction work on the first open-space PV systems can probably begin in the third quarter of 2020. The first two parks are expected to be completed by the end of the year.
Spain's weather conditions and the many hours of sunshine in this southern Spanish region make for promising forecasts: once all the parks are fully commissioned, they will produce enough solar power to supply around 83,000 households with green electricity in the future. This corresponds to a saving of around 136,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year. The completion of all the ground-mounted solar parks is planned for 2022.
SENS Iberica will then continue to look after the parks: from its HQ in Madrid, the experienced service team will also assume responsibility for comprehensive maintenance and monitoring operations.
Further growth in spite of the coronavirus
Despite the current restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, SENS is confident about the progress of the work: "Of course, delays in the approval procedures can be expected at one point or another, and the subject of health protection has top priority in all our activities. Fortunately, we have been pushing ahead with the digitalisation of all our processes and locations for some time now, which is greatly benefiting us in the current crisis. Moreover, we can continue to rely on our excellent network even in these unusual times," says SENS Managing Director André Kremer.
In order to be able to realise the major growth opportunities in the Spanish PV market, SENS Iberica will be strengthening the teams in the Madrid and Seville offices in particular with experienced PV specialists in the next few weeks.
For more than 80 years STEAG has represented efficient and reliable power generation, both in Germany and internationally. As experienced partners we provide our customers with comprehensive support on all aspects of energy supplies. We plan, develop, implement, operate and market highly efficient power plants and their ancillary products. In addition to customised solutions relating to the supply of electricity and heating, we also offer a wide range of energy services.
About STEAG Solar Energy Solutions
STEAG Solar Energy Solutions GmbH (SENS) is a service provider based in Würzburg with international operations in the field of renewable energies. Its range of services includes the development and construction of turnkey solar parks, the maintenance and operational management of PV systems and the implementation of energy solutions for commerce and industry - such as rooftop PV systems, e-charging stations and energy storage systems. SENS has been part of the STEAG Group since July 2019 and employs approx. 270 people at nine locations in Germany and abroad.
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