FIRST PORTUGUESE TENDER FOR FLOATING SOLAR PLANTS TOOK PLACE ON MONDAY
The tender included seven lots, for the installation of 263 MW of floating solar power plant capacity, in the first tender of its kind in Portugal.
The 7 reservoirs (4 in the North and 3 in Alentejo) are Alto Rabagão, Paradela, Salamonde, Vilarinho das Furnas, Monte da Rocha, Santa Clara and Alqueva.
In the case of lot 1, for Alqueva, the occupation of 250 hectares of water surface is planned, that is, 1% of the water surface of this reservoir in Alentejo.
Lot 1 is the only one of the seven lots to require an environmental impact study.
The other six, as they will have less than 50 MW of capacity, only involve studies of environmental incidences.
This is one of the lots that will make it possible to connect the new solar power plant to the grid as soon as built, since there is immediate availability in the electrical grid, unlike what happens in five of the seven lots up for tender, with grid availability only in December 2023.
EDP Renováveis, which won lot 1, will install a floating solar plant in Alqueva with 70 MW of capacity, complemented with 70 MW wind production capacity.