BADAJOZ, Spain – Sonnedix, the global solar independent power producer (IPP) has started the construction of 50MW solar PV plant, Sonnedix Los Frailes, located in Badajoz, southwest of Spain.
Sonnedix Los Frailes will be built on a 111-hectare land, becoming the largest project built by the IPP in Spain, where it has operated since 2010. With over 110,000 monocrystaline solar panels, the project will connect through a transmission line to the Vaguadas substation.
Last June 2020, Sonnedix signed a 10-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Europe´s largest producer of renewable energy and leading PPA provider Statkraft for the supply of 100 GWh of energy per year, making it the IPP’s first PPA for a grid-parity project in Spain.
During construction, Sonnedix will create approximately 250 new jobs in Badajoz, in line with its ESG standards and commitment to improving the life of the local community.
Once operational, Sonnedix Los Frailes will produce approximately 102,000 MWh per year, capable of powering more than 36,500 homes with clean electricity and avoiding over 24,000 tons of CO2.
Axel Thiemann, CEO of Sonnedix, said: “We are excited to start the construction of our largest project to date in Spain, a milestone that highlights both our strong commitment to the Spanish market, and our potential to expand our platform worldwide. We are very proud of our hard-working and committed team in Spain, which has doubled in the last year, and we look forward to continue developing and acquiring solar PV projects in the country, playing an important role in the energy transition, as well as the post-pandemic economic recovery.”
Sonnedix is one of the leading solar IPPs in Spain, with over 1GW of capacity, including 365MW operational, 50MW under construction, and a development pipeline of over 600MW.
Sonnedix Los Frailes has been developed in collaboration with Viridi RE group.
Sonnedix Power Holdings Limited (together with its subsidiaries, Sonnedix) is a global solar Independent Power Producer (IPP) with a proven track record in delivering high performance cost competitive solar photovoltaic plants to the market. Sonnedix develops, builds, owns, and operates solar power plants globally, with 4.4GW capacity, including a development pipeline of over 2GW.
Sonnedix continues to expand its global footprint across OECD countries, with almost 340 solar plants in operations, as well as several hundred MW under construction or various development stages in Italy, France, Spain, USA/Puerto Rico, Chile, South Africa and Japan.
Statkraft is a leading company in hydropower internationally and Europe's largest generator of renewable energy. The Group produces hydropower, wind power, solar power, gas-fired power and supplies district heating. Statkraft is a global company in energy market operations. Statkraft has 4500 employees in 17 countries.