OPDE builds 36.43 MW of solar photovoltaic power in Spain, Italy

Fustinana, Spain, April 26, 2011 OPDE built throughout the first quarter of 2011 a total of 36.43 MW in eight farms located in Italy and Spain. For this construction more than $266 million have been invested.

OPDE is a Spanish multinational company specializing in the development, construction and maintenance of solar photovoltaic farms.

In particular, the new solar photovoltaic plants built and connected by OPDE in the first quarter of 2011, include: six in the Italian region of Piedmont that will reach 26.09 MWp power and two solar farms in Spain (Fontellas in Navarre, and Ecija in Seville) with 8.74 MWp and 1.6 MWp of power respectively.

The new plants use Mecasolar trackers and fixed structures, SMA inverters and Trina and Canadian Solar modules. In particular, a total of 2,792 Mecasolar 1-axis trackers and the same number of inverter units model 11000 TL from SMA. The modules used in the 36.43 MW constructed were over 161,000 units of Trina (101,843) and Canadian Solar (57,623 models)

These figures represent a record activity for OPDE that have accumulated in the period 2005-2010 a total of 101 MW built and connected, a figure which, with the activity in the first quarter of 2011 — has risen to 137.43 MW, having grown by 37 percent in just three months. OPDE performs the operation and maintenance of the eight farms both in Spain and Italy.

Besides these projects, OPDE has a pipeline of projects for the next quarter which will reach 40.32 MW distributed in a further 10 solar photovoltaic plants in Italy and Spain.

The company announced earlier this year that its goal was to reach 200 MW by 2012, so as to reach more than 300 MW throughout its trajectory.

According to reports from the multinational, OPDE maintains contacts with various customers and investment funds, both European and American, for the sale of photovoltaic solar plants built and connected by the company in 2011 and for the entire pipeline already mentioned, which is being developed in other countries.

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