Enel Green Power has connected to the grid the new 85 MW Totana photovoltaic solar plant, in Murcia, which involved an overall investment of 59 million euros.
“The entry into service of this project represents a milestone for the company, not only because it is a plant built in record time, but due to the sustainable and innovative practices used to build it, that are highly pioneering in Spain. This is a further step in Endes's commitment to the production of clean energy, one of the pillars of the national energy transition policy.”
– José Bogas, CEO of Endesa
EGP is working on the construction of some 900 MW of renewable projects with a total investment of more than 800 million euros in two different technologies. The company is currently building:
- 339 MW of photovoltaic solar power, awarded to EGP in the Spanish Government's third renewable energy auction, held in July 2017;
- 519 MW of wind power, of which 445 MW are part of the 540 MW of wind power awarded to the company in the renewable energy capacity auction held by the Spanish Government in May 2017.
The construction of this renewable capacity responds to Endesa's strategy of decarbonizing its generation mix, a process whose first milestone is to reach 8.4 GW of renewable installed capacity by 2021, compared to the current 6.5 GW, with a total investment of around 2,000 million euros.
The photovoltaic power plant is made up of 248,000 modules and is expected to generate over 150 GWh per year, avoiding the annual emission of approximately 104,000 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere.
The construction of Totana was based on Enel Green Power's “Sustainable Construction Site” model, incorporating the use of renewable energy thanks to a photovoltaic system that meets the power needs of the site, as well as implementing initiatives to involve the local population in the project’s construction. The PV panels used during the construction will be donated to the José Moyá Day Centre (for people suffering from mental distress), which EGP has also provided with efficient lighting. Other actions include recycling waste and composting the organic materials during the construction phase.
EGP applies a facilities development model that adds social value creation actions for the area where they are built, the so-called CSV model (Creating Shared Value). In particular, CSV actions during the Totana solar project promoted the employment and improved employability of Totana's citizens, and favored hiring local workers to build the plant, as well as engaging local service providers and businesses to house and feed the workers, provide renewable energy training to unemployed residents and environmental awareness programs to schools, the Centro Diurno José Moyá and other local associations.