Solar thermal energy, a step ahead in renewable energies

Elecnor is found on the Spanish map of solar thermal energy with the development of three thermoelectric power stations with a power of 50 MW each. The. ASTE 1A y ASTE 1B projects, in Alcázar de San Juan (Ciudad Real) and Astexol 2in Badajoz (Extremadura). Under construction since 2009, they represent a joint investment of more than 900 million Euros.

The installations, which it is envisaged will be started up at the end of 2012, occupy an approximate surface area of 160 hectares each and include parabolic cylinder technology. Among other benefits, the three solar thermal plants will produce cleaner electricity equivalent to the consumption of 90,000 homes, thus preventing 144,000 tonnes of CO2 a year being emitted into the atmosphere. It will also bring with it a relevant social and economic impact, with the creation of 1,500 direct jobs during the construction phase and 150 during the operations phase.

Its entry into the Spanish solar thermal market means that it will add 150 MW of solar thermal energyo its portfolio of renewable energy under construction. An area in which it has the technical and financial capacity required to take on the design, supply, construction, start-up, operation and maintenance of thermoelectric solar power plants based on parabolic cylinder collector technology. This capacity makes Elecnor one of the reference EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) service providers in the sector.

To develop the three solar thermal plants which it is currently developing in our country, Elecnor has signed three "finance projects" coming to 700 million Euros with diverse finance companies.

Elecnor is committed to this technology and its growth will depend on the evolution of the regulations in Spain, on the development of the market in other countries and on technological evolution.

It is also analysing promotion opportunities in Chile, Brazil, India and the USA.