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  • Photovoltaic systems in Southern Europe

    SENS builds on Sicily and the Iberian Peninsula

    Renewable energies play a central role in STEAG's generation portfolio. Photovoltaics is an important facet of this. The corresponding expertise within the STEAG Group is bundled at the Würzburg subsidiary STEAG Solar Energy Solutions GmbH (SENS). The experienced service provider in the field of renewable energy has recently launched several major projects in sunny southern Europe.



    For example, six solar parks with a total installed capacity of 440 megawatts (MWp) are currently being built on Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, which belongs to Italy. Completion is scheduled for the end of 2021. Once connected to the grid, the system will be able to cover the electricity needs of around 350,000 households - and it will be completely CO2-free. In addition to Italy, SENS is particularly active in Spain. There too, the climatic conditions and the number of hours of sunshine guarantee worthwhile yields. The STEAG subsidiary is currently taking advantage of these promising conditions in two projects for the construction and operation of larger open-space PV plants.





    As part of the "Tinosa" project, SENS is building a plant with an output of 180 megawatts (MWp) - distributed over four locations - in Andalusia in southern Spain around the city of Almeria. The 220 kilovolt (kV) grid connection required for future operation will also be built. The 380,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of green electricity that the plant is expected to produce each year are mathematically sufficient to supply around 110,000 households with emission-free electricity. Construction began in June 2020; all four parks will be operational by the end of 2021.



    The second major PV project in Spain is called "Colmena"; spread over twelve locations in southern Spain and the surrounding area of the capital Madrid, a plant with a combined output of 144 megawatts (MWp) will be built by 2022. In future, 83,000 households will be able to be supplied with electricity via the system. This corresponds to an annual saving of 136,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions. By way of comparison, 19,400 mid-range cars are likely to drive 50,000 kilometers each year to reach this figure.


    Further growth in sight

    The signs at SENS continue to point to growth: the two offices of the Spanish subsidiary STEAG Solar Energy Solutions Iberica in Madrid and Seville will be reinforced with experienced PV experts in the short term. "Our goal remains to have installed PV systems with an output of around 500 MW in Spain by the end of 2021 - most of them developed in-house", says SENS Managing Director André Kremer, looking to the future with zest for action.

    Do you have questions about PV in general? Or would you like to develop an area together with the experts from SENS? Then please contact us - we will be happy to help you! And it does not always have to be turbines with an output of several hundred megawatts: SENS recently installed and commissioned a 200 kilowatt (kWp) PV system on the roof of the waterworks in Essen-Überruhr on 2,000 m². It generates 170,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of green electricity per year, saving 91 tonnes of CO2 emissions year after year.

    "We help a wide variety of customers and develop individual solutions, for example for investors and industrial companies. We offer the latter, for example, the most modern roof-top systems",

    André Kremer, Managing Director of SENS