Portugal has a huge solar panel field in the southern Alentejo region close to Spanish border. The impressive solar energy farm is operational since 2008 – and quite remarkably, the solars panel are all home-made Portuguese from a nearby factory in Moura.
Portugal’s largest solar energy field
It’s a prestigious project – located near the biggest reservoir lake in Europe – the Amareleja solar farm in the sun swept Alentejo province.
|The Amareleja solar farm near Moura in the Alentejo province in Portugal
The solar field has rows and rows of large identical solar stands – each stand consisting of 104 solar panels of approximately 100 Watt. That’s approximately 4 - 8 Kw per solar stand on a sunny day. The panels are made by Fluitecnik in nearby Moura.
The solar farm is designed to produce the energy equivalent of 30.000 households. This Photo Voltaic (PV) solar field has the highest output in the world because of it’s size and sunny location. (Its not the largest PV field in the world)
|Solar plant stand on Solar Tracker in Amareleja - Moura in Alentejo - Portugal
Amper Central – the operator of the Portuguese solar field - is a joint venture between Mitsubishi Corporation and Spanish company ACCIONA S.A.
Amper Central Solar operates the plant in Moura, Portugal since January 2009.
|Solar plant entry gate in Amareleja - Moura in Alentejo - Portugal
All the solar panels in this PV solar field are assembled in Portugal with a bit of help from the Portuguese government and the European Union. The PRIME project ( Programa de Incentivos à Modernização Empresarial 2000-2006) facilitated in making the solar plant possible.
|The Amareleja solar farm is a PRIME project of the Portuguese government
(PRograma de Incentivos à Modernização Empresarial)
Amareleja is a Portuguese village close to the Spanish border just above the popular Algarve province.
Solar farm location in Portugal
The solar farm is brand new and has one public pathway on the east side of the PV grid. Access is not signposted but can be easily reached towards the power substation from the road towards Spain.
|Public path through the solar panel field in Amareleja - Moura in Alentejo - Portugal
The solar field uses solar trackers to optimize the position of the solar panels towards the sun.
|Solar panels on a solar tracker in Amareleja - Moura in Alentejo - Portugal
The solar field in the news;
| Amareleja - Moura in Alentejo in the news
From Spain the solar field is closest to the former border station Valencia del Mombuey, – it’s a nice ride through the country side.
Located close to Portugal’s biggest solar panel farm – the Fluitecnik assembly factory in Moura assembles solar panels for the European market and beyond. About 95 people work at this solar panel assembly plant.
These solar panels are also made by Fluitecnik - they also sell individual sets for the ones who need a bit less solar energy.
|Want this in your Garden? Contact Fluitecnik in Alentejo - Portugal
The European office of Fluitecnik is located in Spain with its European solar factory in Moura – Portugal. Fluitecnik is a Spanish company established in 1990.