El Marqués: Solar park in test phase on the grid

Munich, 25 March 2020 – After a construction period of only 9 months, Green City AG has connected “El Marqués”, its first solar park in Spain, to the grid The first kilowatt hour has already been fed into the grid and sold to the Swiss Alpiq Energy Group under the existing power purchase agreement (PPA). Due to the transnational restrictions imposed by the corona pandemic, the start was a particular challenge and could therefore only be partially completed. “El Marqués” is Green City’s first PV-plant to be connected to the grid without feed-in tariffs.

Close to Zaragoza in the north-east of the country, Green City, in cooperation with Atalya Generación Eólica and Iasol, was able to create an ideal environment for the solar project on an area of 18 hectares in a very short time: A total of 30,464 modules have been installed and, with an output of 12.3 MW, are expected to produce around 20 million kilowatt hours of green electricity per year. 365 solar trackers ensure that the modules adapt to the prevailing position of the sun and thus guarantee optimum use of solar power.

Rod Poublon, Head of Renewables at Green City, is pleased that the test phase was able to start despite the difficult circumstances: “These good news show that people, whether here, our partners or the authorities, have organized themselves excellently to remain being able to work within the framework of considerable restrictions. Things are moving a bit slower, but determinedly forward!”

Following its successful market entry, Green City AG concluded a long-term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with the Swiss Alpiq Energy Group for “El Marqués” last autumn. Solar energy is becoming the most cost-effective source of energy in Europe, overshadowing power generation from nuclear and fossil fuels. Spain’s advantageous grid parity and the growing industry’s demand for green electricity turn this project into a pioneer in the field of renewable energies.