Earlier this month in “OPEL International and Partner Installing 440kW of High Concentration Panels in Spain”, OPEL International Inc. (CVE:OPL):
announced that it has begun supplying OPEL’s HCPV panels to build a utility grade solar power plant of 440 kilowatt (kW) in Spain under an agreement with BETASOL. When completed, the grid is expected to supply cost effective and energy efficient power to over 500 households.
BETASOL is a Spanish company located in a prime area of Spain for solar deployments. Its business is building utility grade solar farm installations and their subsequent sale to investor groups.
OPEL claims Mk-I HCPV panel (Mk-I datasheet) shipments for the Spanish installation began in December 2008, and the project is slated for first quarter 2009 completion. No information has been provided on the trackers used in the project other than the OPEL supplied photo arrangement below. Per OPEL, the project is located about half way between Barcelona and Zaragoza (Saragossa), Spain.
|From Photos: OPEL International 440kW deal with BETASOL|
Since this is the first significant HCPV deployment for OPEL, I wanted to investigate their partner, BETASOL. Although the press release includes a quote from Jesus Cabetas, Managing Director of BETASOL, I was not able to contact BETASOL to confirm this agreement.
OPEL has been on my watch list for prior CPV trial installations sited in locations with subpar Direct Normal Irradiance (DNI):
- “OPEL Installs 9.5 kW Solar System” at The Sports Zone in Trumbull, Connecticut USA not far from the OPEL headquarters in Shelton, CT.
- “OPEL International Awarded an Initial Order for its MK-I Concentrating High Efficiency Solar Module System in South Korea for Power Grid Fields”
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