Abengoa and JGC Corporation have announced that the Solacor 1 solar thermal electric plant, located at the El Carpio Solar Complex in the province of Cordoba, has been brought on line. It is also envisaged that in the near future, Solacor 2 will join the list of solar thermal electric plants operating in Spain.
Solacor 1 will produce the energy equivalent of that needed to power approximately 26,000 homes through more than 60,500 mirrors, located over 110 hectares, that concentrate sunlight. These figures will be doubled once Solacor 2 starts operations. Abengoa will operate both facilities and will retain a 74% stake in the projects.
These two plants have a total of 121,000 installed mirrors covering an area the size of about 300 soccer fields, and concentrate sunlight and generate steam at a temperature of 400 degrees. The steam drives two 50-MW turbines to generate electricity. The renewable energy produced by the two plants will meet the electricity needs of 52,000 households and will prevent approximately 63,000 tons of CO2 emissions per year.
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