50 million will be invested in the construction of the largest floating photovoltaic power plant in Europe. The project will be carried out by Alqueva Development and Infrastructure Company (EDIA) and will have 10 floating photovoltaic plants on the largest artificial lake in Europe.

These 10 floating photovoltaic plants will be intended for self-consumption and will be installed next to the pumping stations of the primary network of Alqueva Multipurpose Development (EFMA), occupying an area of ​​approximately 50 hectares above water.

Data from the largest floating photovoltaic solar project in Europe.

10 photovoltaic plants, with a total installed capacity of 50 MWp.

It is estimated to have an annual energy production of 90 GWh – enough to supply 2/3 of the population of Baixo Alentejo!

More than 127,000 photovoltaic panels will be installed in the 10 factories, reducing carbon dioxide emissions by around 30,000 tonnes per year.

The largest of the 10 photovoltaic plants will have 28 hectares, will be the largest in Europe and will be located next to the poplar pumping station.

50 million euros will be invested in construction.

International public tender for construction, maintenance and operation.

EDIA also announced that it would launch an international public tender that would cover “supply, installation and licensing, as well as maintenance and operation during the first five years of the ten factories“.

The base price of the offer is 50 million euros, of which 45 million euros will be financed by the Council of Europe Development Bank and 5 million euros by EDIA itself.

The company also states that “the energy issue is crucial for the sustainability of the Alqueva project, as it is the main source of variable costs in water distribution“, So the main thing”The sustainable reduction of energy costs in EFMA operations is an objective to be maintained by EDIA in the years to come, until reaching the point of maximum optimization of the entire infrastructure.“.

Energy use.

The energy produced by the 10 floating photovoltaic plants will be directed to pumping stations for self-consumption.

The need to buy or sell grid power will be met under current market conditions and only in the event of excess power generation.

This project stands out for being “based on the need to use water bodies near places with high electricity consumption»For plant installations.

These plants will be integrated into the landscape, being hidden in reservoirs whose quota is above the visual horizon or in places far from the main axes of the road.