Moura Photovoltaic Power Station

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Moura Photovoltaic Power Station
CountryPortugal
LocationAmareleja
Coordinates38°11′20″N 07°12′08″W / 38.18889°N 7.20222°W / 38.18889; -7.20222Coordinates: 38°11′20″N 07°12′08″W / 38.18889°N 7.20222°W / 38.18889; -7.20222
StatusOperational
Commission datePhase-1: 2008
Phase-2: 2010
Construction cost250 million
Solar field
TypeFlat-panel PV
Site area618 acres (250 ha)
Power generation
Units operational376,000
Nameplate capacity62 MW

The Moura Photovoltaic Power Station (also known as Amareleja Photovoltaic Power Station) is a large photovoltaic power station in Amareleja, in the municipality of Moura, Portugal. It is one of the largest power stations of its kind, and is built in one of the sunniest regions in Europe.[1] Its construction involved two stages: stage 1 was completed in 2008 after 13 months, and stage 2 was completed in 2010. The entire project topped a total cost of 250 million.[2]

Stage 2 of the project involved the construction of a further 20 MW of solar panels.[3][4] It will occupy an area of 618 acres (250 ha), and will be capable of producing 93 GWh of electrical energy annually[5] (10 MW average - equivalent to the electricity consumption of 15,000 Europeans).[6]

The power station has an installed capacity of 62 MWp, with more than 376,000 solar panels.[6] Approximately 190,000 panels (32 MW) are fitted on fixed structures, and 52,000 panels (10 MW) are fixed on single-axis trackers.

A €7.6 million solar panel factory, located in Moura, was constructed by Acciona, which provided panels for Stage 2 of the station construction. Its future production will be targeted at the international market, with a capacity of producing 24 MW of solar panels annually.[7]

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