Moura, Portugal [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Acciona Energy has put its 46-megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant in Amareleja, Portugal into service. The Amareleja plant covers a total area of 250 hectares and has 2,520 of the company’s Buskil trackers, each with a surface of 142 square-meters.
Each tracker includes more than 100 polycrystalline silicon modules, giving each system a capacity of between 170 and 180 watts. The trackers support a total of 262,080 PV modules and follow the sun with an azimuthal rotation movement of 240 degrees, and a fixed inclination of 45 degrees.
The first 3 MW of the project were installed at the end of 2007 and were connected provisionally in March 2008. This year has seen the installation of the remainder of the plant’s solar field and the construction of the evacuation line and last week the plant was finally connected to the grid. The plant was built in thirteen months.
Acciona said that the Amareleja PV plant will help to achieve the objectives laid out in the Portuguese government’s E4 Energy Efficiency and Endogenous Energies policy and to meet Portugal’s greenhouse gases reduction commitments. In the case of PV power, the aim is to install 150 MW, of which Amareleja will account for 30%.