Acciona opens its second concentrated solar energy plant in the Spanish region of Extremadura

Acciona now has four solar thermal plants in operation with a capacity of 214 MW, making it a world reference company in the development of this technology. One of them is located in the USA, the 64 MW Nevada Solar One in the state of Nevada – grid connected in 2007 – plus another three 50 MW plants in Spain: Alvarado (Badajoz, 2009), Majadas (Cáceres, 2010) and Palma del Río II (Córdoba, 2010).

Another two concentrating solar power  plants are currently under construction in Spain: Palma del Río I (Córdoba), which will come on stream this summer, and Orellana (Badajoz), which will be operational at the end of 2012. They will total 314 MW and represent an overall investment of around 1.4 billion euros.

During the ceremony Acciona Energy President Carmen Becerril pointed out “the need to focus efforts on developing renewable energy sources that reduce our energy dependence, make us less vulnerable to variations in the oil price, help to reduce emissions, and allow us to consolidate a sector for the future based on inexhaustible and increasingly efficient energy sources”.

Acciona Energy is a global operator in clean energies with over 20 years’ experience in the sector and a strong presence in seven renewables technologies. It has installed more than 9,000 MW for electricity production in 14 countries, of which 7,510 MW are owned by the company.

It has 217 wind energy parks (6,270 MW); 80 hydropower plants (912 MW); solar thermal plants (214 MW) and photovoltaic plants that are among the biggest installed in the world, and biomass plants (65 MW). It makes wind turbines using in-house technology and has biodiesel and bioethanol production facilities. It develops projects for itself and other customers, is present throughout the value chain, produces and markets renewable energy, and provides a wide range of services to customers based on a clear committment to innovation.