Adding to a growing portfolio of utility-scale solar PV power plants across Europe, we have recently supplied 234MW of our high-performance Vertex bifacial modules to Statkraft for the development of four new solar plants in the sunny province of Cádiz in Spain.
As one of Europe's largest generator of renewable energy, Statkraft currently operates more than 500MW of solar power in Spain and remains dedicated to increasing access to clean energy in the region. The addition of these new projects aligns with both companies' mutual objectives of empowering renewable energy growth and minimising carbon emission for the benefit of the region we live in.
The Cádiz Solar Plant Projects
Statkraft has finished construction of four solar photovoltaic plants in the Andalucian province of Cádiz, which boasts one of the sunniest climates in the world. The plants – Arenosas, Malabrigo, El Yarte, and La Guita – have a combined capacity of 234MW and are expected to generate approximately 500GWh of clean energy annually. This renewable energy production will help avoid 80,000 tons of CO2 emissions every year and provide enough solar power to supply 120,000 households.
Combined expertise to make it happen
Solar PV projects of this scale require significant planning and expertise by working closely with stakeholders within the supply chain to determine the following key parts, but not limited to:
Financial planning and feasibility
Manufacturers help clients assess the financial viability of their projects. This involves calculating the costs of installation, operation, and maintenance, as well as forecasting energy production and potential revenues. Expertise in this area is critical in securing financing and ensuring the project's long-term success.
Site assessment and selection
The efficiency and effectiveness of solar power plants depend greatly on their location. Developers need to assess various factors such as solar irradiance levels, land availability, topography, and local climate conditions. Their expertise in selecting the ideal location ensures optimal energy production and return on investment.
Design and architecture
Not any two projects are ever the same. They vary in size, capacity, and technical requirements. Manufacturers can help to address specific project needs, including: selecting the appropriate solar panels, designing the system layout, and configuring the balance of system components (inverters, mounting structures, cables, etc.) to maximise energy output and system efficiency.
Quality assurance and reliability
Solar PV projects typically have a lifespan of 25 years or more, so long-term performance and reliability are crucial. Solar panel manufacturers must implement rigorous quality control processes, perform extensive testing, and guarantee the durability and performance of their products over time.
This isn’t an exhaustive list of what goes into planning but just a snapshot into how solar manufacturers like Trina Solar can help clients to achieve their business objectives.
High-Performance Vertex Bifacial Modules
The Vertex bifacial modules were specifically chosen for Stratkraft’s solar plant projects due to their innovative design features and exceptional performance capabilities. Compared to conventional solar panels, our Vertex modules deliver a power output of more than 670W, thanks to the use of 210mm monocrystalline cells and high-density encapsulation technology. Additionally, the outstanding temperature coefficient and low irradiance performance of the Vertex modules result in higher power production.
When used in combination with tracking systems, Vertex panels provide even higher power output. The bifacial modules selected by Statkraft can contribute up to 25% additional yield, owing to the extra power generated from the module's rear side. Furthermore, the Vertex panels can be interconnected on longer strings, enabling up to 41% more string power output.
A Long-Term Sustainable Partnership
The collaboration between Trina Solar and Statkraft is a perfect and natural fit, as both companies prioritise environmental responsibility and sustainability. Gonzalo de la Viña, Head of Europe at Trina Solar, expressed
"We are delighted that Statkraft is improving access to solar power in Andalucía. Trina Solar is pleased that our expertise in producing high-power, cost-effective solar panels can be useful in such a worthwhile project. We look forward to building on this project and expanding the region's solar power use in the future."
Trina Solar is proud to support Statkraft in their mission to develop renewable energy projects in Spain. The delivery of our 234MW Vertex bifacial modules for these four solar plants is a testament to our commitment to providing innovative and efficient solar solutions. As we continue to work together, we're excited about the potential to further expand solar power use in Andalucía and beyond, helping to create a more sustainable future for all.