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COVID-19: ALTEN ENERGÍAS RENOVABLES STATEMENT

ALTEN Energías Renovables has tackled significant challenges in the past, but we have never lived through anything like the pandemic caused by COVID-19.

Amidst global uncertainty, the priority for ALTEN Energías Renovables is to ensure the safety and health of all the professionals working with us, and to send a message of confidence and reassurance to our customers, suppliers, employees, partners and investors in all the countries in which we have a presence.

We are following very closely the decisions and guidance being given by the authorities in each country, and have put in place the technical and organizational resources necessary to guarantee that all our personnel continue working at full capacity, in an environment that is safe against this pandemic, to ensure the continuity of our projects throughout the world.

Our contingency plan works to guarantee our activity in the event of isolation and to contribute responsibly to controlling an epidemic in which each and every one of us plays an important part. For this reason:

In agreement with our suppliers, we have cut as far as possible the number of personnel present in the construction and operations of our photovoltaic plants, trying, as we always do, to employ local staff to avoid journeys from other regions.
We have closed our offices in the Netherlands, Spain, Mexico, Namibia and Kenya, rolling out teleworking for all administrative, technical and sales staff, preventing the need for travel in order to minimize their exposure to the risk of contagion.
We are carrying out control, monitoring and analysis in real time of our premises using online tools.
We give all our staff daily updates on the rules they must respect and conduct personal follow ups of those [...]

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    ALTEN Energías Renovables opens new photovoltaic plant in Spain, in El Casar (Alcarria)

ALTEN Energías Renovables opens new photovoltaic plant in Spain, in El Casar (Alcarria)

With a land area of 28.35 has. it has an array of 34,713 PV modules, each with a capacity of 375W.
It uses 479 solar trackers that follow the sun’s East-West trajectory, thereby increasing the plant’s production by 20%.
108 string inverters improve efficiency and make installation and subsequent maintenance easier, making it one of the pioneers in the use of this technology in Spain.
EUR 8 million has been invested in construction and commissioning the facilities.
Over 40 local firms have been involved in building the plant, which has provided employment to over 300 people.
By operating the plant, 11,873 Tns of carbon emissions, equivalent to 7,000 vehicles out of circulation, will be avoided.
Its production is equivalent to the average annual energy consumption of 7,300 homes.
The commissioning of this new plant is proof of ALTEN Energías Renovables’ interest in developing new PV projects in Spain.

Madrid, 9th October, 2019.- ALTEN Energías Renovables has today opened its new 13 MWp solar photovoltaic plant ALTEN El Casar in the municipality of El Casar, specifically on the Nava, La Hoyuela and La Cruz del Contadero plots, to the north of the national highway N-320, leading to the town of El Casar, and near the Valdelosllanos housing development.

The President of the Castile La Mancha regional government, Emiliano García-Page Sánchez, attended the opening ceremony, accompanied by the Minister of Employment, Migrations & Social Security, Magdalena Valerio and the Mayor of El Casar, Mª José Valle, among other authorities.

The new PV solar plant covers a land area of 283,411 square metres (28.35 has), divided into 10 plots with excellent solar resources. Construction was managed by the Ortiz Group, which completed the works in a record time of [...]

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    Cubico Sustainable Investments and ALTEN America sign up to a Community Investment Plan for schools in El Llano- Palo Alto

Cubico Sustainable Investments and ALTEN America sign up to a Community Investment Plan for schools in El Llano- Palo Alto

The companies’ goals are aligned with those of the UN’s Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 which seeks to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice and tackle climate change, without leaving anyone behind.
The initial donation will be for MXN 218,201.63.
More than 70 children in the Nicolás Bravo and Benito Juárez primary schools, in Sandovales and El Moquete respectively, will be the first to benefit.
The Community Investment Plan signed by both companies is part of an Environmental & Social Management System (ESMS) for the area with short, medium and long-term goals focusing mainly on education, which will be reviewed every year.
Cubico and ALTEN America are supporting and reinforcing their links with the El Llano community, with which they have been in close contact for the two years that their photovoltaic projects in the area have been under construction.
The Solem I and Solem II power plants have a combined capacity of 350 MWp which will generate renewably sourced energy to supply electricity to over 100,000 homes in Mexico.
These projects have created more than 600 new local jobs, with peaks of 1,500 workers during the construction phase, most of them people from El Llano.

Mexico-Aguascalientes-Palo Alto 25th April 2019.- Cubico Sustainable Investments (”Cubico”) and ALTEN America have signed a Community Investment Plan for the short, medium and long term focusing primarily on education, that will be reviewed every year, with the purpose of improving the living standards of the Mexican population living in the El Llano-Palo Alto municipality, in Aguascalientes State.

This Community Investment Plan is part of both companies’ Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategies, given that they intend to continue supporting the population of El Llano, as [...]

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    ALTEN Africa sponsors the second edition of Eldoret City Marathon in Kenya

ALTEN Africa sponsors the second edition of Eldoret City Marathon in Kenya

The Dutch company will sponsor the event, together with some of Kenya’s biggest firms, and other international companies including Stanbic Bank, Paramount Bank, Credit Group, Standard Group, Stabex International and Coca Cola.

By sponsoring this event, organised by the government of the state of Uasin on 21st April, ALTEN Africa is showing its commitment to the local population.

ALTEN Africa has recently begun construction work on a 40MWac photovoltaic plant in the municipality of Eldoret in the state of Uasin Gishu, which will represent 2% of the country’s installed capacity.

The new photovoltaic plant will produce an estimated total of 123.6 GWh / year.

It will be ALTEN Africa’s first utility scale project in Kenya and one of the largest solar power stations in East Africa

Madrid | Spain – Nairobi | Kenya, 21st April, 2019.- ALTEN Africa will sponsor the second edition of Eldoret City Marathon organized in Kenya by the Government of the state of Uasin Gishu, in the municipality of Eldoret. The race is 42,195Km, as well as a 5 km Corporate Fun Run, and will take place on 21st April, under the slogan “Promoting sport tourism & climate action”.

The Dutch company will sponsor the event, together with some of Kenya’s biggest firms, and other international companies including Stanbic Bank, Paramount Bank, Credit Group, Standard Group, Stabex International and Coca Cola.
By sponsoring this event, organised by the government of the state of Uasin on 21st April, ALTEN Africa is showing its commitment to the local population of the municipality of Eldoret where it has begun construction on a 40MWac photovoltaic plant. It will account for 2% of the installed capacity of a country with 45 million inhabitants which in recent years has become [...]

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    ALTEN Africa is on the shortlist to construct and operate a 5MW plant in Cape Verde

ALTEN Africa is on the shortlist to construct and operate a 5MW plant in Cape Verde

The company, based in Spain, has satisfied the demanding technical and financial requirements for this first round of bidding and is competing head-to-head with some of the biggest energy players in the world market.

Cape Verde has a 2018-2040 Energy Plan to meet 50% of the country’s energy needs with renewably sourced energy by 2030.

Madrid | Spain – 12 March, 2019.- ALTEN Africa has once again won a place on a shortlist for a construction, development and operating contract, with a total run time of 25 years, for a 5MW plant on the island of Boa Vista, the most easterly of the 10 islands in the Cape Verde archipelago and the third biggest in size, with a landmass of 620 Km2 (29 km long by 31 km wide) and 55 km of beaches. Its natural landscape and year-long warm climate make the island very popular with tourists.

A large number of companies bid for the tender, called by the Ministry for Industry, Trade & Energy of the Republic of Cape Verde. Of these, only 8 made it to the shortlist. As well as ALTEN Africa, these include Akuo Energy, Elmya/Disa and Voltalia.

The plant will be built on the north-west part of the island. If the bid is successful, it will be entirely financed by ALTEN Africa, with investment estimated at around USD 8M.

Commercial operations are scheduled to begin during 2021; with solar radiation of 1,860 kWh/m2, the plant is expected to account for around 3.5% of the country’s installed capacity.

Like other countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Cape Verde has a 2018-2040 Energy Plan, that is designed to meet 50% of the country’s energy needs with renewably sourced energy by 2030, so this public tender can [...]

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    ALTEN Africa ratifies the choice of Voltalia to execute the EPC and O&M service for its new photovoltaic plant in Kenya

ALTEN Africa ratifies the choice of Voltalia to execute the EPC and O&M service for its new photovoltaic plant in Kenya

The plant, located in the state of Uasin Gishu, in the municipality of Eldoret, will have 40MWac installed capacity, accounting for 2% of the country’s total capacity.

The new photovoltaic plant will produce an estimated total of 123.6 GWh / year

ALTEN Africa has already informed the country incumbent, Kenya Power and Lighting Co | KPLC of its choice of the French company Voltalia to carry out the construction and operation & maintenance service on the plant.

Voltalia will start construction by December 2018.

Nairobi | Kenya December 13th , 2018.-ALTEN Energías Renovables has confirmed its choice of the French company Voltalia to carry out EPC and O&M service on its new PV solar power plant in Kenya. The new plant, located in the state of Uasin Gishu, in the municipality of Eldoret, the fifth largest city by population in Kenya, will produce 40MWac of power, accounting for 2% of the installed capacity in this country of 45 million inhabitants. Kenya has become East Africa’s main economic driver in recent years.

With a presence in over 18 countries and considerable experience in development, financing, EPC and Operation & Maintenance in renewable projects, Voltalia will start construction on this plant by December. This solar project is to be built on a land area of 100 hectares and will have over 161,000 monocrystalline panels set into solar single-axis trackers.

Once it goes into commercial operation, scheduled for March 2020, approximately 123.6GWh of clean electricity will be injected every year into the electric network, enough to meet the annual energy consumption needs of over 824,000 Kenyans. Thus, the plant will avoid the emission into the atmosphere of 33.88 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent every year of the [...]

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    Solar energy, the great hope for more than a billion people still living without electricity

Solar energy, the great hope for more than a billion people still living without electricity

Renewable energies, and photovoltaic plants in particular, are the United Nations’ great hope for meeting one of its Sustainable Development Goals by 2030: universal access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy.

 

The fact that well in the 21st century there are still over one billion people on the planet without access to electricity is not only surprising, but deeply worrying. This figure, published in ‘2018 SDG7 Tracking: The Energy Progress Report’ put together by the International Energy Agency (AIE), the International Renewable Energies (IRENA), the United Nations’ Statistics Division (UNSD), the World Bank and the World Health Organisation (WHO), means that 13% of the world’s population lives without electricity today, just 12 years short of the deadline set by the WHO to meet these goals. This makes it seem unlikely, if not impossible, that the target of energy for all will be reached. The authors of the report themselves assume that, at the current rate of expansion of electricity supply, by the time we reach 2030 8% of the people on this planet will still continue to lack access to a modern form of energy.

Even so, the bodies that commissioned this research have not lost hope and are calling for redoubled efforts to extend renewable energy to those parts of the planet with the worst energy deficiencies, as in the case of Africa. The continent is home to a little over half the global population that is without electricity -600 million people -, but several countries in the region have been making significant progress over the last few years in overcoming this deficiency. Kenya’s electricity policies between 2010 and 2016 succeeded in increasing the proportion of citizens with access to electricity by 6%, [...]

Solar photovoltaic energy production soars

PV leads the pack in renewable energies growth
If the climate change goals set in the Paris Agreement are met, it will be thanks to PV energy

2017 was truly the year in which the PV industry confirmed its importance across the world. The sector has been gradually gaining ground since the beginning, but last year there was a full-scale solar revolution. In recent weeks, the headlines in annual reports of the most important institutions involved in supporting energies have made it clear that “the growth of PV energy has outstripped all other renewables, nuclear energy and even fossil fuels”.
According to United Nations’ figures, 98 GW of solar energy was produced worldwide in 2017, a record for the PV sector, quite apart from comparisons with other energy sources. This figure is for last year’s production only. But if we look at its performance over in the last decade, we see a massive upswing from the 10GW of all PV energy produced ten years ago, to the 402 GW produced today. It is even more remarkable if we bear in mind that nearly a quarter was generated in 2017 alone.

Photovoltaic tops nuclear power
Volumes of energy production using PV are already higher worldwide than nuclear energy, with the latter generating 11 GW last year (according to the same set of UN figures) and that has 393 GW of installed power, a figure which has been published in the International Energy Agency (IEA)’s latest reports. The UN, meanwhile, highlights that in 2017 other renewable sources brought a further 59 GW altogether to the energy mix, easily beating gas plant production (38 GW), coal (35 GW) and oil (3 GW).
According to the IEA, the [...]