Four Spanish companies announce victories in the Canary Islands solar program

March 17 (Renewables Now) – Three Spanish utility majors and an Independent Power Producer (IPP) announced that they had secured state aid for some 158.6 MW of combined capacity under the solar program of the Canary Islands.

The results of the Spanish government and the EU-backed SolCan program were known on Friday, with the Ministry for Ecological Transition announcing that 65 projects totaling 255 MW would share the €20 million ($23.8 million) grant pot. dollars).

Since then, utilities Iberdrola SA (BME:IBE), Endesa SA (BME:ELE), Naturgy Energy Group SA (BME:NTGY) and renewable energy developer Ecoener SL have released statements confirming their awards.

Naturgy has obtained support for 44 MWp of solar projects that it plans to carry out on the islands of Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura. The company has announced that it will build the 11 MWp Puerto del Rosario plant in Fuerteventura. The rest of the capacity will be split between the El Escobar I and II projects of 3.4 MWp each, Gran Canaria I and II — 6 MWp each, the 4.2 MWp Las Salinetas and the Telde complex.

The Telde I, II, IV and V plants will have 3.6 MWp, 1.9 MWp, 2.1 MWp and 1.8 MWp respectively, according to the release.

Naturgy plans to start construction in 2021 and commission the plants next year.

Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria will also host Endesa, which will establish five solar projects totaling 43.32 MW on the two islands.

Through its renewable energy unit Enel Green Power Espana, Endesa will build the 7 MW Arguineguin II and 10.68 MW Lomo Gordo solar parks, both with energy storage, in Gran Canaria.

In Fuerteventura, the 7.54 MW Corralejo power station will have storage, while the 10.11 MW Quebrada del Mojeque and the 7.98 MW Puerto Lajas power station will be conventional solar farms.

Construction is expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2021, with commercial operations planned for the next fiscal year.

Iberdrola has secured its full capacity in Fuerteventura. The company said it will co-promote the 6 MW Huriamen I and 15 MW Huriamen III projects, alongside the Llanos Pelaos I, II and III and Blanca Solar, which will have 15.5 MW in total. Iberdrola’s partners are the engineering company PV Ingeniería y Aplicaciones Solares and Energy Projects & Investment Capital (Energy Capital).

The developers are still in the process of obtaining permits and plan to start commissioning the plants between this year and next, Iberdrola said.

Finally, Ecoener will pocket €3 million of SolCan funds for 12 projects totaling 35 MW. The company said these projects, all in Gran Canaria, are already under construction and will be operational before the end of 2021.

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