Portugal has announced the first of its tenders for floating solar power plants. Their total production capacity is to amount to 263 megawatts (MW).
The entire project involves the construction of floating structures with photovoltaic panels in the vicinity of seven water dams, announced the Portuguese Secretary of State for Energy Joao Galamba. As he noted, this technology is not only beneficial for the environment, but also more energy-efficient.
Portugal. Floating solar power plants
The investment at the Alqueva dam, planned near the south-eastern border with Spain, is to be the largest of the floating solar power plants. The pool there is the largest artificial reservoir in the European Union. Galamba announced that the power of this farm is to be 100 MW. In turn, the 50 MW panels are to appear at the Castelo de Bode dam.
“We are sure there will be great interest in this tender,” said Joao Galamba. He added that interested companies must submit their bids by April 4, 2022. The tender is scheduled for April 19.
As he said, the rate for electricity at which the bidders will undertake to sell the electricity they produce will be decisive in choosing an offer.
According to Galamba’s announcements, in 2024-2025 the Portuguese authorities will present further investments in structures with solar panels in the backwaters.
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