Endesa, through its subsidiary Enel Green Power España (EGPE), has acquired from Arena Power a photovoltaic portfolio of 519 megawatts (MW), made up of eleven solar parks under development located in the province of Huelva (Andalusia). Monday the company, which expects construction of these projects to begin in 2022 and operations in 2024.
The acquired projects involve an investment of around 350 million, including the acquisition price and the cost of their construction and start-up, and will generate 1,250 jobs during their construction and 26 during the subsequent operation and maintenance phase, as explained the company. These facilities are in addition to the recent start of works, by EGPE, on its first solar park in Huelva capital, with 30MW of power, 18 million investment and 100 jobs during its construction period.
The eleven projects acquired by Endesa from Arena Power are located in six locations in the province of Huelva (La Palma del Condado, Villarrasa, Gibraleón, Trigueros, San Juan del Puerto and Beas), which will evacuate the energy generated equivalent to the electricity supply of some 305,000 homes, through a single transmission line that will be connected to the Palos substation.
This substation is located in the Industrial Pole of Huelva, one of the largest energy consumption business agglomerations in Spain. From this substation, the energy needs of the chemical, oil and metallurgical complex of Huelva, which houses 18 companies and 19 large facilities, are met. “Endesa, through EGPE, will thus help decarbonise part of the energy consumption of this cluster, since the eleven solar parks will avoid the emission into the atmosphere of some 515,134.66 tons of CO2”, the company highlighted.
Endesa’s General Manager of Generation, Rafel González, has highlighted that this operation represents a “decided step forward” to develop the company’s 2021-2023 strategic plan, as well as a sign of Endesa’s commitment to decarbonizing the Spanish economy .
“Building these renewable parks near areas of great energy consumption is the most efficient way to make industrial activity in Huelva sustainable. We also undertake the execution of these projects based on the creation of shared value to benefit local communities, such as we have been doing renewable energy at other sites over the last few years “, added González.