HAMBURG, GERMANY & MADRID, SPAIN: A further solar park equipped with Conergy products has been connected to the grid in southern Spain. On an area of almost 36 hectares near the town of Mazarrón in the Murcia region, the two local Conergy partners Valfortec and Solaer installed components from the system supplier. Now over 22,000 modules on over 50 kilometres of Conergy SolarLinea mounting systems are producing clean energy here. This energy is fed into the Spanish power grid by over 380 Conergy IPG T inverters.
It is the complete package that gave Conergy the edge: “For us as a solar specialist, optimised complete solutions, quality and reliable guarantees represent the ultimate package. Conergy offers solar technology that combines these characteristics in its entire product range, but also in its services and especially in its guarantees,” says Fidel Roig, Valfortec’s MD.
Ignacio Arganza, Solaer’s MD, adds: “We have installed Conergy components with a total output of over 20 MW since 2009 already and we are fully convinced. These products deliver high yields, are easy to configure and to install. And Conergy provides first class technical support.”
With close to 2,800 hours of sunshine a year and an irradiation level exceeding 1,700 kilowatt hours per square metre, southern Spain also represents an extremely attractive location for solar plants. The new Conergy park will generate over 8.1 gigawatt hours of clean energy annually, sufficient to supply 2,700 households throughout the year. At the same time, the solar park will prevent the emission of over 4,000 tons of CO2.
Sunny southern Spain offers best conditions for achieving grid parity
With its numerous hours of sunshine, southern Spain thus provides the best conditions for achieving grid parity in the foreseeable future, the stage when solar power consumed by a household costs no more than power from finite fossil fuels or nuclear power sources – without any subsidies. In spite of the moratorium currently in force in the country, this also continues to be the declared aim of the Spanish government, which is currently in discussions about suitable supportive measures for achieving grid parity in the near future.
“Currently, it is only possible to construct and connect projects that were approved before the moratorium, such as the Conergy park near Mazarrón,” says Luis Jiménez Gutierrez, MD of Conergy Spain.
“Obviously, a moratorium is never a cause for joy. But according to its own statements, the government is holding firm to its view that there will be some appropriate support measures to smooth the path of Spain’s photovoltaic sector towards grid parity. We are therefore definitely optimistic and expect the government to implement measures in this area in the near future, which will ensure planning security for the entire industry.”