19 Mar 2024

EDPR Brings Solar Farm on Stream in Portugal, Its Largest in Europe

19 Mar 2024  by reuters   

EDP Renovaveis logo is seen displayed in this illustration taken, May 3, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo Purchase Licensing Rights package.
EDP Renovaveis (EDPR.LS), opens new tab, the world's fourth-largest renewable energy producer, has brought on stream a 202-megawatt (MW) solar energy park in central Portugal, its largest in Europe, its controlling company EDP (EDP.LS), opens new tab said on Monday.

The Cerca project in the municipalities of Alenquer and Azambuja, north of Lisbon, has more than 310,000 solar panels and will have an estimated annual production of 330 gigawatt- hours (GWh), enough to supply 100,000 families, or approximately 1% of Portugal's population.

EDP-Energias de Portugal said in a statement that EDP Renovaveis now has an installed solar capacity of 540 MW in the country and "intends to put into operation another 1 GW of renewable energy in Portugal by 2026".

"At EDP, we are looking at dozens of new solar projects that will make an important contribution to the path" of the energy transition, said Duarte Bello, executive board member at EDP Renovaveis for Europe and Latin America.

The company has increasingly invested in the development of solar projects at a global level, including large-scale but also small decentralized solar energy plants, and aims to channel half of its global investment by 2026 into solar power.

The company has 4.3 GW of total installed solar capacity, including large-scale projects - in particular three farms of around 200 MW capacity, in Brazil, Mexico and Vietnam.


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