Naturgy will be building a 990 kW solar PV plant in Spain close to the Jose Cabrera Nuclear Power Plant (in the picture) that the company operated for 39 years before it was decommissioned. (Photo Credit: Nuclear Safety Council)
- Naturgy to go ahead with its proposed 990 kW solar power plant in Almonacid de Zorita municipality of Guadalajara
- The project was approved by the country’s Nuclear Safety Council to be located near the now decommissioned Jose Cabrera Nuclear Power Plant
- Solar project will be located 350 meters east of the nuclear plant and 100 meters from the fencing of the protected area of the latter
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The Nuclear Safety Council (CSN) in Spain has approved the proposal of local gas and electricity company Naturgy Energy Group to build a 990 kW solar PV project near Jose Cabrera Nuclear Power Plant, the country’s first nuclear power project which is now decommissioned. It was also built by Naturgy.
CSN’s report analyzed the potential impact of the solar project on the Individual Temporary Storage (ATI) of radioactive waste at the Jose Cabrera Nuclear Power Plant. According to the CSN, it factored in potential impact of the PV project on the nuclear power plant and passage of vehicles and people during its construction and operation. It finally ruled that Naturgy does not need to adopt any additional measures for its solar plant.
The solar plant by Naturgy will come up 350 meters east of the nuclear plant and 100 meters from the fencing of the protected area of the facility.
According to Naturgy’s website, in Spain the company has a PV production capacity of 250 MW. Last year in September 2019, the utility grid connected last of the 250 MW PV capacity it won during July 2017 Spanish auction with 3 projects of 50 MW each in Castilla-La Mancha (see 150 MW Solar Project Commissioned In Spain).
With an installed capacity of 150 MW in the municipality of Almonacid de Zorita in Guadalajara, the nuclear power plant generated electricity for 39 years before it was shuttered. It is being decommissioned by radioactive waste management firm Enresa.