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Posted: May 13 2005, 09:20 PM
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Huge Solar Power Station Planned For Portugal
German Consortium Says Impoverished Suntrap Is Ideal Site
By Giles Tremlett
The Guardian - UK

A plan to build the world's biggest solar energy power station, covering about 250 hectares and capable of sustaining 130,000 households, has been unveiled in Portugal.
The park would be visible from space, according to a spokesman for the owners of the site at an abandoned pyrite mine near the town of Beja, in the southern Alentejo region.
With a potential output of 116 megawatts, the new station would be several times the size of what is now the world's largest solar energy plant. The output would be fed into the Portuguese electricity grid at a government-set price.
Article continues A consortium of mainly German companies plans to erect 116 hexagonal clusters of solar panels. A German manufacturer of solar panels has said it also plans to build a factory at the site, bringing 250 permanent jobs to one of the poorest regions of Europe.
The Portuguese newspaper Jornal de Negocios reported yesterday that investment would total Ä426m (£290m) and the multinational company Siemens would be involved in building the power plant.
The Mina Sao Domingos pyrite mine was run by a British company, Mason and Barry.
The mine, founded in the 1870s and closed in the 1960s, was run by British engineers for much of its life and involved both opencast and underground excavation.
Helmfield Horster, managing director of the company that owns the site, said the banks and inclines of the reservoirs were already close to having the 32 degree slope that allows solar panels to make best use of the sun's rays.
"That means we will be able to mount most of them on wooden frames rather than the metal ones that are often used," he said.
Mr Horster said that the yellow banks would have to be covered with something dark grey. Acid water that had pooled in the reservoirs has killed all vegetation.
Mr Horster said permission had already been granted by the environment ministry and the consortium was awaiting the go-ahead from the Portuguese government.
"There has been a change of government so they have not had time to look at it yet," he said.
With 1,890 kilowatt hours of sunshine per square metre a year, the parched and thinly populated Alentejo is one of the most promising areas on the continent for solar power.
"This is definitely one of the sunniest spots in Europe," Mr Horster said.
He added that the solar park and factory would have a big impact on the Alentejo region, creating three jobs in ancillary areas for every employee working directly on the solar power plant or in the factory.
"It will have a structural effect on the whole area," he said. "The local authorities are very enthusiastic."
The project would be financed by special renewable energy investment funds set up by international banks. Building the full new power plant will take four to five years.
With the old mine site occupying much more than the 250 hectares (620 acres) set aside for the project the consortium said that it could expand operations if that became necessary.
Last year a solar power plant near Leipzig pronounced itself to be the world's largest, though it produces a relatively small five megawatts on a 20 hectare site.
A 15 megawatt solar power station being built in South Korea is due to be opened next year. Israel, meanwhile, is reportedly planning a 100 megawatt solar power station for the Negev desert - with potential for expansion at a later date.
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