BayWa AG and Wirsol Solar building one of biggest solar arrays in world

Together with Wirsol, the solar project developer from the south of Germany, Munich-based BayWa AG is constructing a solar array with a nominal output of 70 megawatts about 70 kilometres northwest of Alicante. The developers describe it as “the largest facility in Spain and one of the five largest solar parks in the whole world”. The project is being realised by BayWa's renewable energy subsidiary, BayWa r.e España.
BayWa AG and Wirsol Solar building one of biggest solar arrays in world

Solar irradiation in Alicante, the second largest town in the region of Valencia, is 40 percent higher than in Germany, which attracted the German firms to the area to invest €150 million in this flagship project.

"On this basis, the solar park can supply around 130,000 people with environmentally-friendly power", said Klaus Josef Lutz, CEO of BayWa AG, who sees Spain as a European pioneer in the solar power industry.

A joint venture was founded between the two companies to complete the project, which is expected to be fully commissioned in January 2013. Starting in June 2012, the solar power plant will be connected to the grid in sections.

André Oechsler, Managing Director of Wirsol Spain, sees the current development as a source of great opportunities for the country and feels that now, in the midst of Spain's economic reorientation, solar energy has the potential to become one of the largest branches of the country’s industry. "The Alicante project has caused quite a sensation in crisis-ridden Spain", said Oechsler. "The fact that we are working together with BayWa on this scale is a strong signal."

With BayWa, one of the most experienced major German companies is investing in the field of renewable energies in Spain. For this reason, Roland Schuler, Member of BayWa’s Board for Technology and Energy, has included Alicante in the complete strategic planning of the company: "We have already gathered lots of project experience in Spain. We now want to employ this know-how in order to realize a large portfolio here."

Thanks to its project expertise, BayWa r.e España already has at its disposal a large number of developed areas for the construction and operation of solar parks and large industrial roofs at its disposal.

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