Erlangen, Germany [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] The Spanish Minister of Industry, Miguel Sebastian, announced this week that the Andasol 3 and Ibersol power plant projects, developed by Solar Millennium AG, will obtain the pre-registration required to receive the Spanish feed-in tariff.
The Minister announced the decision during a meeting with representatives of the solar industry in Madrid. The ministerial order will be ratified by the Cabinet on Friday.
Pre-registration is needed before the guaranteed feed-in tariff can be granted for a project. The entry into the register guarantees the receipt of the full feed-in tariff provided that the power plants are completed within the next 36 months (Andasol 3) and 48 months (Ibersol).
The construction of Andasol 3 is underway, and the first stage of the solar field with approximately 60,000 meters of collector surface has already been completed. It is the third solar thermal power plant project with a capacity of 50 MW that Solar Millennium has developed in the province of Granada.
Andasol 1 and Andasol 2, the two adjacent sister projects with the same capacity of 50 MW each, are already operating.
The power plants will mainly cover demand peaks in the Spanish grid during the summer months. The high electricity demand is primarily caused by the energy consumption of air conditioners. Each power plant features thermal storage.
Full storage reservoirs ensure additional power plant operation for up to eight hours, meaning they can be operated at night as well. The storage technology includes two tanks measuring 14 meters in height and 36 meters in diameter that contain approximately 30,000 tons of liquid salt each.