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Totana Solar Project

Totana Solar Project

Life is all about sharing, a concept that truly defines this Spanish plant: its solar panels share the land with agriculture, thereby making Totana one of the pioneering Enel Green Power plants in the application of agrivoltaic technology. It’s a harmonious merger of innovation and tradition at the service of the energy transition.

The plant

The Sun of Murcia

Totana is the first completed project out of the seven solar parks (for a total capacity of 339 MW) that were awarded to Enel Green Power Spain (EGPE) in July 2017, following the third renewable energy auction held by the Spanish Government. Located in the town of the same name in the region of Murcia, Totana has a capacity of 85 MW, can generate 150 GWh/year and consists of 248,000 photovoltaic modules for an investment of 59 million euros.

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Pioneer in agrivoltaics

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Technology

 Solar

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Status

In operation

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Capacity

84.7 MW

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Production

150 GWh/year

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CO2 Emissions avoided

104,000 tons per year

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Impact on the local community

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Agrivoltaics

Enel Green Power Spain is a pioneer in applying agrivoltaics to improve its environmental footprint and generate value for the local community through shared land use. Specifically, at the Totana plant, thanks to a collaboration with the Murcian Institute for Agricultural and Food Research and Development (IMIDA), land is shared with red pepper, broccoli, artichoke, thyme and pitaya crops

Moreover, 8 hectares at Totana have been given over to the development of an ecological island that serves as a refuge for more than 25 species of birds, including endangered species. Enel Green Power Spain is also developing synergies with local shepherds, as sheep naturally clear the soil of grass and shrubbery, which is very useful for fire prevention.

 

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Sustainable Worksite Model

The plant’s construction phase was in line with Enel Green Power’s Sustainable Worksite model, through various initiatives. These included the use of renewable energy during construction, thanks to a photovoltaic system that covered worksite requirements. The solar panels were later donated to the José Moyá Day Center (for people suffering from mental health issues), which EGPE also fitted with efficient lighting. Other initiatives included waste recycling and organic composting during the construction phase.

Furthermore, the premises were built following the Creating Shared Value (CSV) model. Totana’s construction led to the creation of new jobs while the employability of the population also improved, as the hiring of local labor was prioritized. In addition, unemployed local residents were given training courses on renewable energy, and local schools and the José Moyá Day Center were able to offer environmental awareness programs.

 

Digital initiatives

Innovative technologies were used to improve Totana’s construction process. Including:

  • An exoskeleton to help operators’ lift heavy weights more easily.
  • An AME security system installed on heavy machinery.
  • GPS technology was used for digging trenches using autonomous guided machinery for leveling.
  • Cutting-edge photovoltaic module joint systems enabled the solar modules to be anchored more quickly.

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