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- The first merchant photovoltaic plants in Spain begin to pour
The new impulse that photovoltaic energy is taking is already bearing its first fruits. On January 1st a 1,1 MW photovoltaic generation plant entered into production in the town of Yunquera de Henares (Guadalajara). This plant was promoted and built through a joint venture between the Gold Project engineering and the Andalusian IDESA.
The plant began its processing under the regime of RD 661/2007, but did not get fully operational. Of the 2 MW planned, only 840 MW were connected. The rest of the plant, partially built, has had to wait until the current market situation to finish the work. Made with the own resources and contributions of Gold Project and IDESA, it has counted on the advice of Nexus Energía. As representative agent in the market, Nexus Energía manages the sale of the energy produced.
Nexus Energía is an expert and leader in the representation of photovoltaic installations in the Spanish market, with more than 18,000 installations represented. It will be in charge of managing the purchase and sale of the energy produced in the electricity markets during the next 5 years. The start-up of the Yunquera de Henares plant without any financial coverage or PPA, emphasizes that investment in photovoltaic plants without specific remuneration is profitable in the Spanish market.
The challenge of setting up the installation has not only been financial but also technical and even administrative. Despite the announcement of some projects, in practice hardly have been built and put into operation projects since the reforms of 2013 and 2014. This has caused that, once the work was completed, the procedure to start up the facilities was not even clear, due to the lack of recent precedents.