PVTIME - Don Rodrigo 2, the 50MWp solar farm near Seville has
now been fully commissioned and is producing clean electricity for Spain.
Developed by global renewable energy developer, service provider and
wholesaler, BayWa r.e., it is Spain’s second subsidy free solar farm.
Sold earlier this year to German insurance group, Talanx AG, the solar
farm has a 12-year PPA with Statkraft. It’s located just 3km away from the
original Don Rodrigo solar park (174MWp) which was the first subsidy-free
utility-scale PV plant in Europe.
Dr. Benedikt Ortmann, Global Director of Solar Projects at BayWa r.e.
commented. “Our success in developing major subsidy-free solar projects, not
only here in Spain, but also in other European countries, demonstrates that
grid parity is a reality. There is no doubt that solar will play a crucial and
leading role in the energy transition.”
Don Rodrigo 2 will generate 100GWh of solar power every year – enough to
power around 30,000 Spanish households. BayWa r.e. will continue to operate and
maintain the solar farm on behalf of the Talanx Group.
BayWa r.e. has also welcomed news that the Spanish government is set to
approve ambitious new climate law that will pave the way for at least 70% of
electricity needs to come from renewables as soon as 2030.
“The Spanish energy minister has made it clear that the energy transition
will become a driving force to generate economic activity and employment in the
short term, in way that fits Spain’s needs in the medium and longer term,” said Benedikt Ortmann.
“BayWa r.e. intends to continue to play a pivotal role in the energy
transition, and to that end, we’re continuing to look for new solar and wind
projects and developers to work with in both Spain and Portugal.”