WElink Energy to Build a 220MW Solar Farm in Portugal

Solara4 will generate enough clean energy to power the equivalent of 200,000 homes.
The signing ceremony for the 220 MW Solara4 project.

Portugal—UK-based WElink Energy and Chinese engineering services provider China Triumph International Engineering will develop a $216 million 220-megawatt solar farm in Portugal. The facility will be Europe’s largest privately funded solar farm and one of the 20 largest solar plants in the world.

“We are delighted by this deal to develop one of the world’s largest green energy power plants in Portugal. WElink has a history of delivering solar farms throughout the world and this development we have added to our portfolio is our most significant to date,” WElink Energy’s Chief Executive Barry O’Neill said in a prepared statement. “Solar generation is an advanced technology by renewables standards and is playing a significant part in helping Europe meet its climate change obligations – we are delighted to be helping in this endeavor.”

Renewables covered 57 percent of Portugal’s electricity demand last year. Solara4 will generate sufficient clean energy to power the equivalent of 200,000 homes, while reducing more than 218,000 tons of carbon dioxide.

Construction is scheduled to begin in the first quarter of this year on a nearly 2,000-acre plot, more than half of which will be covered with solar panels. The project will create 200 construction jobs and support up to 600 at peak times. Upon completion, the facility will employ 30 people in its operation and maintenance departments.

Solara4 will be situated in Vaqueiros, in the region of Algarve in southern Portugal, and is slated for operation by the middle of 2018.

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