Infrastructure firm FCC has completed the construction of its first solar thermal power plant in Spain.
The 50MW Guzmán plant in the city of Palma del Río, which took two years to build, commenced operations this week.
The project was built in a 70:30 joint venture with Japanese firm Mitsui at a cost of €280m.
It is capable of producing enough energy to meet the electricity needs of 26,000 people in the region and will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by around 100,000t.
FCC Energía general manager Eduardo González said that the power plant represents a milestone for the firm.
"We lead the development, funding, construction and operation of the plant with the invaluable help of our partners Mitsui on the investment side and FCC Industrial, Abantia and Seridom on the construction side," González added.
Commenting on the new power project, Minister of the Economy in the Andalusian regional government Antonio Ávila highlighted "the effects of this project, in local and overall terms, on advancing towards energy sustainability as a source of wealth and growth".
Image: The 50MW Guzmán plant is capable of producing enough energy to meet the electricity needs of 26,000 people in the region. Photo: courtesy of FCC.