Spanish renewable energy company, Endesa has announced the commissioning of its first solar power plants to be connected to the grid in Seville, Spain. The solar parks, Las Corchas and Los Naranjos were developed by Enel Green Power and are located between the towns of Carmona and La Rinconada. The two projects have a combined capacity of 100 MW and could potentially generate 202 GWh of electricity annually. The solar parks have 258,120 bifacial PV panels, enabling solar irradiation to be captured from both sides. The park is also equipped with 14 transformation centres, two electrical substations and 45 km of underground cabling networks have been. The project is estimated to cost Euro 70 million and expected to reduce 94,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.
In the development of the two projects, Endesa used technologies such as an exoskeleton to facilitate the installation of the solar modules and integrated systems to help to join the photovoltaic modules without rivets. Further, The company will use artificial intelligence to monitor these plants through smart glasses. The system also uses infrared cameras that capture images of construction and execution activities in real-time.
The current projects have been developed at a beekeeping facility in Carmona. This cultivation will then allow the bees that are located between the panels, to develop their pollinating function, which will help produce honey sustainably.