Apenburg municipal council approves 20 MW agrivoltaic project; Prodiel and Smartenergy launch Spanish JV for 4 GW+ solar; Trianel to energize 78.5 MW solar in Germany’s Rhineland-Palatinate; ITT installing floating solar for Italian fab; Ventient Energy acquires 443 MW wind and solar capacity in Spain.
20 MW agrivoltaic project in Germany: Canada based solar power project developer Solar Provider Group (SPG) will build a 20 MW agrivoltaic project in Germany after the Municipal Council of Apenburg in Saxony-Anhalt approved the proposal. According to local broadcaster Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (MDR), at this scale it is the largest agrivoltaic project in Germany. The project is scheduled to be built on 34 hectares of agricultural land with single-axis tracking modules. Around 85% of the area will continue to be used for agricultural practices as distance between solar modules is proposed to be up to 14 meters.
New Spanish JV with 4 GW+ solar target: Switzerland’s Smartenergy and Spain’s Grupo Prodiel have launched a new joint venture (JV) to realize more than 4 GW solar PV capacity in Spain. The JV called Greenfield PV will develop this capacity as large-scale projects. In a brief statement issued, Smartenergy has also acquired over 1 GW solar PV pipeline from Prodiel in Spain. Greenfield PV will provide development services to both portfolios, it stated.
Trianel building 78 MW solar in Germany: Germany based energy supplier Trianel is building 78.5 MW worth of new solar PV capacity in Rhineland-Palatinate region. The Bettingen Solar Park is set to come online on May 5, 2022. Trianel said the system generates 13.9 MW capacity and further locations are planned n Halsdorf with 21 MWp and along the BAB 60 in the local communities of Gindorf, Gransdorf, Orsfeld, Badem and Wilsecker with a further 43.6 MW. All of this capacity will generate an annual grant of €8,000 to €8,500 for up to 30 years for the municipality of Bettingen.
ITT to get floating solar for Italian fab: US headquartered engineering company ITT Inc is constructing what it calls as a photovoltaic lake, which should mean floating solar, with close to 3,000 solar panels at its largest fab in Barge, Italy. While it doesn’t specify the capacity of the project, it is expected to generate 1,065,200 kWh annually. This will be sufficient to cover 30% of the company’s Motion Technology Innovation Center’s energy requirements every year. ITT conducts research and development activities to support brake pad technologies on location. It is expected to complete by the end of 2022.
Ventient Energy acquires 443 MW RE in Spain: Scotland based renewable energy company Ventient Energy has completed the acquisition of 443 MW wind and solar power capacity in Spain’s Castilla y Leon. The portfolio comprises 203 MW of onshore wind and 240 MW of solar power capacity that will be developed at the onshore wind sites. The company says this acquisition now expands the company’s installed capacity to 2.8 GW and exceed 3 GW with the development of hybridized solar portfolio included in the purchase.