Abengoa (MCE: ABG), the international company that applies innovative technology solutions for sustainable development in the energy and environment sectors, and JGC Corporation (JGC) have brought Solacor 1, their first joint thermal solar plant, located at the El Carpio Solar Complex, online.
Solacor 1 started commercial operation on February 1, 2012. Solacor 2, is planned to come online in the near future. Abengoa will operate both facilities and will retain a 74% stake in the projects.
These two plants, with a total of 121,000 installed mirrors combined, covering an area the size of about 300 soccer fields, concentrate sunlight and generate steam at a temperature of 400 degrees. The steam drives two 50-MW turbines which generate electricity.
El Carpio, in Cordoba (Spain) has excellent solar radiation and is an ideal site for a solar power plant in Europe. Utilizing parabolic trough technology, the plants combined will produce enough energy to meet the electricity needs of 52,000 households and will prevent approximately 63,000 tons of CO2 emissions per year.