solar thermal electric

New map of Spain’s solar thermal electric installations

After the US, Spain has the second largest amount of installed solar thermal electric capacity in the world and by 2013, will take over as global leader, with 2,400MW in the ground. All this capacity can now be viewed on an updated map released by the Spanish trade association, Protermosolar.

After Spain’s Ministry of Industry published details of the projects that it has included on the register of preliminary assignment of remuneration (i.e. the list showing which plants are entitled to receive the current feed-in tariff for electricity they send to the grid) in December, the Spanish trade association, Protermosolar, has updated its map showing the location and status of Spanish solar thermal electric plants.

The plants are classified into three categories: in operation (red); at an advanced stage of construction, where a significant part of the solar field has been built (yellow); and pre-assigned (green). The map is interactive and detailed information on and aerial photos of the plants can be accessed by clicking on each province.

In total, ten plants are in operation (382.40 MW); another 15 are at an advanced stage of construction (717 MW), and a further 36 have been pre-assigned the current feed-in tariff (over 1.300 MW). In Extremadura, all the plants use parabolic troughs (as does the plant in Lérida). The two plants in Murcia use Fresnel receivers, the Castile La Mancha plant uses parabolic troughs and disks, while the Córdoba, Cadiz and Granada plants only use parabolic troughs. In Seville, central tower and heliostats, and parabolic troughs prevail.

The geographical distribution of plants by province is as follows:

Caceres: Five pre-assigned plants (250 MW) and one at an advanced stage of construction (50 MW)

Badajoz: Nine pre-assigned plants (450 MW), three at an advanced stage of construction (150 MW), and two in operation (100 MW)

Ciudad Real: 12 pre-assigned plants (70,40 MW), one at an advanced stage of construction (50 MW), and one in operation (50 MW)

Albacete: One at an advanced stage of construction (1 MW)

Alicante: One pre-assigned plant of 50 MW

Murcia: One in operation of 1.40 MW and one pre-assigned plant of 30 MW

Córdoba: Four pre-assigned plants (200 MW) and two at an advanced stage of construction(100 MW)

Granada: Two in operation (100 MW) and one at an advanced stage of construction (50 MW)

Seville: Four in operation (131 MW), four at an advanced stage of construction (167 MW), and two pre-assigned plants (100 MW)

Cádiz: Two at an advanced stage of construction (100 MW)

Lérida: One pre-assigned plant (22,50 MW).

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