SunPower Corp., a San Jose, Calif.-based manufacturer of high-efficiency solar cells, solar panels and solar systems, says its Spanish subsidiary will engineer, procure equipment for and construct three solar electric power plants totaling approximately 21 MW in the Castilla La Mancha region of Spain.
Corporate affiliates of The Naturener Group, a Spanish-based company, will own the three solar power plants located in Tinajeros, Manzanares and Almuradiel, just southeast of Madrid. They are expected to be financed by a Spanish bank syndicate.
"We are pleased that the Spanish market continues its rapid adoption of solar power and that Naturener has chosen SunPower's innovative solar tracker technology as part of our turnkey solar solution," says Marco Antonio Northland, general manager of SunPower's European operations." The SunPower Tracker solar power system is a proven and reliable solution for maximizing the highest energy delivery, while optimizing land use and reducing related costs."
With the signing of the construction contracts, Naturener will consolidate its solar power projects in Spain." We anticipate that these three solar power plants will be in operation by the summer of 2008 and will add them to our existing renewable portfolio of hydro and wind generation," comments Rafael Sanchez-Castillo, CEO of Naturener Group.