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25 May 2012
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Construction has begun on the 240 million euro ($302 million) solar thermal energy plant in the province of Alicante in Spain.
Spanish construction conglomerate Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas, S.A., who will build the solar thermal plan, holds an interest in the company Enerstar Villena which will operate the facility.
The plant, located in the city of Villena, will have a capacity of 49.9 megawatts. The plant is scheduled for completion by 2013, at which point it will produce 110,000 megawatt-hours of electricity per year. An estimated 750 direct and indirect jobs will be created over the solar power plant’s two-year construction period.
This is the second of FCC’s solar thermal energy facilities, with construction on a 50-MW plant in Palma del Rio in Cordoba having begun in 2010. This 272 million euro project is owned by Guzman Energia, a joint venture between FCC and the Japanese company Mitsui, and is expected to be operational by December 2012.
The Palma del Rio plant will produce enough energy to meet the electricity needs of 26,000 households and achieve emissions reductions of around 30,000 tons of carbon dioxide per year.
FCC’s energy division focuses on energy efficiency and renewable energy, managing 14 wind energy projects (421.8 MW) and two solar photovoltaic energy plants (20 MW) in Spain. They also operate in the United Kingdom where they have 100 MW worth of projects under development. – EcoSeed Staff