The French group TotalEnergies will build five solar parks in Guillena (Seville), with an installed capacity of 263 megawatts (MW), which will involve an investment of more than 200 million euros and the creation of 800 jobs during the construction phase. In July it had been reported that the energy company had reached an agreement with FCC for the construction of the facilities, with a completion period of fifteen months.
This Monday the first stone was laid to build the five photovoltaic plants in Guillena (Seville), in a ceremony attended by the Councilor for Industry, Energy and Mines, Jorge Paradela; the Mayor of Guillena, Lorenzo Medina, and Yago Mancebo, General Manager of TotalEnergies Renewables España, according to a press release issued by the company and reported by EFE.
Five photovoltaic plants will be built: Postigo (51 MW), Arbotante (52 MW), Pilastra (52 MW), La Noria (53 MW) and La Carrascosa (55 MW), with a total installed capacity of 263 MW, which will avoid the emission of some 140,000 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere each year.
In total, the facilities will have nearly 400,000 665Wp bifacial photovoltaic modules and, once in operation, the five farms will generate enough electricity to cover the estimated annual consumption of more than 150,000 homes.
Support for the municipality
During the construction of the photovoltaic facilities, which have been declared of strategic interest by the Andalusian Regional Government, more than 800 direct and indirect jobs will be created over the next 12 months.
In addition, TotalEnergies has signed a collaboration agreement with the Guillena City Council to promote employment and the socioeconomic development of the area, thanks to which a professional training program aimed at incorporating local labor has already been carried out.
Environmental, socioeconomic and labor measures have been taken to favor the municipality.
"The company has made a firm commitment to promote renewable energy in Spain and the start of work on these projects in Guillena is a great step forward in achieving the objectives and those of the country," said the company, which has 3GW of solar energy already under development in Andalusia, Madrid, Murcia, Aragon and Castilla La Mancha.
In this phase prior to the construction of the five photovoltaic installations, preliminary studies are being carried out to learn about the populations and habits of the local birdlife in order to establish the necessary compensatory measures, the energy company has indicated.
Seville is the Andalusian province that has launched more renewable power during the first half of 2023, with a total of 370 megawatts (MW), which have involved an investment of nearly 385 million euros and 1,100 jobs in its construction. This new capacity could supply 170,000 homes and avoid the emission into the atmosphere of more than 220,000 tons of CO2 per year, bringing the renewable power installed in the province of Seville to 2,624 MW.