24,000

Equivalent homes

Clean development

Located in the province of Cuenca (Spain), the 50 MWp photovoltaic plant will enter service during 2023

The Bolarque photovoltaic (PV) plant consists of the installation of a latest-generation solar plant at Villalba del Rey (Cuenca) that will transform the sun’s rays into clean energy equivalent to the consumption of 24,000 homes without contributing to climate change with maximum respect for the surrounding environment.

 

Construction work on the photovoltaic plant at Bolarque started in November 2021, and it is expected to enter service in 2023. It consists of more than 74,000 modules of 540 watts each, to produce an average 94,700 MWh of clean electricity per year.

The construction of the Bolarque PV plant will mean duties and taxes that will contribute to the well-being of the local community. ACCIONA Energía also undertakes to invest a percentage of its sales from the plant in community projects. These will be determined together with community representatives after an evaluation of the area’s needs.

The construction of the facility will mean the creation of around 165 jobs, with 5 permanent posts established for the operational phase.

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Location: Villalba del Rey (Cuenca)
  • Peak power: 50 MWp
  • Technology: photovoltaic solar on tracking structures
  • Forecast entry into service: 2023
  • Ownership: ACCIONA Energía

KEY FEATURES

  • Latest-generation infrastructure that promotes advanced activities in the rural environment.
  • Average estimated annual production: 94.7 GWh, equivalent to the consumption of around 24,000 homes.
  • Around 44,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions to the atmosphere avoided every year.
  • Creation of 170 new jobs (165 during construction and 5 in the operational phase).
  • Investment programme for community projects in the area.
  • Preventive and corrective measures plan to offset environmental impacts.

KEY FIGURES

50

PEAK MEGAWATTS (MWP) TOTAL CAPACITY

24,000

EQUIVALENT HOMES SUPPLIED

74,282

PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULES

43,755

TONNES OF CO2 AVOIDED PER YEAR

64.7

SURFACE AREA (HECTARES)

170

JOBS CREATED

ENVIRONMENTAL MEASURES

The location of the project is the result of rigorous environmental studies aimed at reducing the impact on the surroundings, flora/fauna and existing ethnographic features (huts). A plant barrier will reduce the visual impact on the landscape.

Preventive and corrective measures will be applied to reduce the impact on plant and animal life, for example:

  • Monitoring and protection of Montagu's harrier nests.
  • Placing of nest boxes to encourage nesting.
  • Creation of a plant corridor with native species.
  • Adaption of power lines to avoid birds of prey impacts.
  • Monitoring of incidents involving carnivorous birds and mammals.
  • Permeable and safe fencing for wildlife.

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