Canal in Spain may host 160 MW solar plant

26 September 2021
Canal in Spain may host 160 MW solar plant

The government of Spain’s Navarra region has approved a 160 MW solar project planned by the local renewable energy association Anpier. The plant is to be deployed on the Canal of Navarra, which is one of the country’s largest artificial irrigation canals.

The Navarra regional government is promoting a photovoltaic project proposed by Spain's National Association of Photovoltaic Energy Producers (Anpier) to generate sustainable electricity by covering with solar panels the Navarra Canal, one of the country's largest artificial irrigation canals.

The regional government said the project could have a capacity of up to 160 MW, which would mean doubling the PV capacity currently installed in the region.

Juan Antonio Cabrero, vice president and delegate of Navarra in Anpier, addressed the government of Navarra last April, indicating the multiple benefits of carrying out this project for the environment, as it is a clean source of electricity generation that would not lead to an occupation of large areas of natural land.

Cabrero also stressed that this kind of project would help reduce the evaporation of water, a scarce and necessary source for agricultural development in the region, noting that the cooling effect of the water is also beneficial to the energy business, as it increases the efficiency of the solar panels themselves. According to the government, the loss of water through evaporation would be avoided by 30%.